Governor Holcomb Wants To Curb Distracted Driving As Part Of 2020 Political…

first_imgBy Brynna SentelTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb is focusing on reducing distracted driving by barring all drivers from using hand-held devices and raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 in the 2020 legislative session.Holcomb unveiled his top legislative priorities at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Terre Haute Tuesday. Initiatives in transportation, education and public health are on his list of new laws he is asking legislators to consider.Holcomb wants to decrease incidents of distracted driving by enacting a hands-free device driving law banning drivers from using cell phones unless they are hands free. Under the current law, texting while driving is banned but the law is unenforceable because there is no way to prove a text was being sent. Several states have already enacted similar laws.The proposed new law is not about issuing tickets and collecting fines but about making Indiana’s roads safer and saving lives, the governor told the packed room.“So be prepared for an extra presence on not just 70 or 41 but throughout the state of Indiana,” he said.Under public health, Holcomb has prioritized the Tobacco 21 law, which would raise the purchasing age from 18 to 21 for smoking and vaping products. Several states have enacted similar legislation.Holcomb cited data showing that 20% of high school students and 5% of middle school students admit to vaping.“I thought I was pretty cool when I was in middle school sneaking gum and now we got kids in the sixth grade vaping and many times we don’t even know what it is,” Holcomb said. “So we have got to attack this with greater force than it’s attacking us.”“We are especially pleased that the Governor has continued to make the health of Hoosiers a priority,”  Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said in a press release. “With the Governor championing this policy, in addition to all the other groups, it strengthens the effort and should move us across the finish line.”House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, opposed a similar bill in the 2019 session but has said that he now supports raising the age to 21.The governor’s proposal would also increase penalties for retailers who sell to underage consumers. But neither the governor nor lawmakers are proposing a ban of flavored vaping products.In education, Holcomb is asking the legislature to remove the controversial mandate for teachers to complete 15 of their 90 professional growth points in an outside work activity so they better understand career opportunities for students.He is also asking the General Assembly to not penalize schools for recent low ILEARN proficiency test scores, which would mean that the scores would not have an adverse effect on teacher evaluations or 2018-19 school letter grades.Thousands of teachers rallied at the Statehouse in mid-November to urge lawmakers to drop the outside work requirement, not punish schools and educators for low test scores and raise educator pay.The test score and work provision have wide support from lawmakers in both parties, but teachers will likely have to wait for action on the pay issue. Holcomb has said he will wait another year for recommendations from the teacher pay commission before acting.Democrats in the House and Senate said agree with the “hold harmless” proposal, but say the governor should do more.“Yes, we should pursue ‘hold harmless’ legislation, but we also must explore the obsession with testing pursued by this Governor and the Republicans that has led us into this mess,” said Indiana House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, in a press release.Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, called the agenda “nothing short of disappointing.”“We must hold schools harmless as well as decouple teacher evaluations from standardized test scores and ultimately restructure our accountability system for a long-term solution to this continuing issue that monopolizes our students’ time at the expense of learning,” Lanane said in a press release.As part of his healthcare agenda, Holcomb proposes establishing an all-payer claims database to produce a more transparent healthcare system that would allow consumers access to hospital pricing and insurance reimbursement.He also wants Hoosiers to be protected from surprise medical bills by requiring providers to give an estimate of care costs, including the patient share, two to five days prior to the service if requested by the patient.Holcomb also prioritized establishing a relationship between school corporations and a community health provider by 2022. This is not required but will allow schools to be eligible for Secured School Safety Grants.“Currently, about 60% of our schools are already doing that but we want to make sure that is in place so that there is a phone number and there is a connection should something tragic happen,” Holcomb said.Reimbursing emergency medical service providers, even when transportation is not needed is another priority for Holcomb in the 2020 session. Currently, if a patient does not need to be taken to an emergency room and simply needs in home care, such as care for diabetic shock, EMS personnel will not be reimbursed for their time or efforts.Holcomb hopes changing the law will acknowledge that the EMS community does more than transport patients. This could also help cut down on unnecessary emergency room bills should EMS personnel have an incentive to provide in home care whenever possible.The governor wants lawmakers to consider legislation that would provide workplace accommodations to pregnant workers or new mothers, such as frequent breaks and temporary job restructuring as long as it does not place undue hardship on the business. This is something 27 states have already required.Under a category he calls good government, Holcomb said he is hoping to save Hoosier taxpayers more than $125 million by reallocating funds and integrating Indiana 2-1-1 into the Family and Social Services Administration call center to connect all health and human services.Brynna Sentel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Knight, Stoner win individual titles, Syracuse men take home title at ACC championship

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Justyn Knight and Paige Stoner both won individual titles Friday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Louisville, Kentucky for men’s and women’s cross country, respectively. The men’s team took the ACC Championships while the women’s team placed fourth. No. 4 Syracuse was led by Justyn Knight’s second ACC individual title, along with four other runners in the top 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIts victory marks their sixth consecutive conference victory and five-straight ACC titles. On the 8-kilometer course in Louisville, Knight successfully defended his title from last season while Colin Bennie, Aidan Tooker, Philo Germano and Joseph Dragon rounded out the scoring runners.Nahom Solomon, a senior from Georgia Tech, led the race from the start, but Knight, Bennie, and two Virginia runners overtook him at the 16 minute mark. During the final 500 meters of the race, Knight pulled away from the pack and cruised to a victory with a time of 23:13.0. Bennie finished third at 23:17.3.Sophomore Aidan Tooker ran sixth (23:29.0) with Philo Germano (23:39.2) and Joseph Dragon (23:42.2) taking eighth and ninth, respectively. Dragon, the team’s fifth runner at Louisville, was the highest finishing redshirt freshman at the meet.Junior Iliass Aouani competed in his first meet of the year after an injury limited his season. Aouani took 22nd place in 24:03.4 after placing sixth at ACC Championships last year.After winning the conference with 29 points a year ago, the men improved this season, scoring a 27, almost 50 points ahead of second-place finisher Virginia Tech.Syracuse’s women’s team was highlighted by Stoner’s late kick on Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike.Stoner ran the 6-kilometer course in 19:52.0 and took home her first ACC individual title at SU. It comes after running 17th at ACC Championships last season.Defending ACC champion N.C. State won the women’s team title with a score of 43 points. Syracuse placed fourth with 134 points, an improvement from its 184 point finish last season. Commentscenter_img Published on October 27, 2017 at 12:21 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

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Is Sušić going to be the next Trainer of Turkish Galatasaray?

first_imgGalatasaray Sports Club (GS) is a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul’s European side, most notable for its association football section. Namely, GS is holding the highest number of Turkish League cups, as well as Turkish Cups. Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in 2000.Nowadays Galatasaray holds the second position on the Turkish Super Lig List, but the discomfort and dissatisfaction of fans and board is evident. Namely, the dissatisfaction triumphed when the Galatasaray lost to Borussia Dortmund by four goals on October 22nd at the Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex TT Arena.In addition, it is important to note that lately GS scored only one point and that the situation is eager to change. From the source close to the Sarajevo Times, it was announced that the board of GS is interested for Safet Susić. Accordingly, it is important to note that before his current position as manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sušić worked for a number of club sides in Turkey such asİstanbulspor, Konyaspor, Ankaragücü, Çaykur Rizespor, and Ankaraspor, but did not succeed in talks with the GS at that time. However, the situation nowadays is different. The interest from both sides can be seen.All in all, the genuine guidepost on a Sušić’s decision will be the match between Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund which will be held on 4th November at 21:45 o’clock on Loc Signal Iduna Park. STlast_img read more

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When is the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony for 2020? New date, list of inductees after COVID-19 postponement

first_imgBelow are all of the inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020.Modern-era members:Steve AtwaterIsaac BruceSteve HutchinsonEdgerrin JamesTroy PolamaluCentennial slate:Bill CowherJimmy JohnsonSteve SabolPaul TagliabueGeorge YoungHarold CharmichaelJim CovertBobby DillonCliff HarrisWinston HillAlex KarrasDonnie ShellDuke SlaterMac SpeedieEd Sprinkle Had the COVID-19 pandemic not ravaged the 2020 sports calendar, 12 of the 20 former NFL greats who are still living and were selected as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 would be getting fitted for the gold jackets they’d wear at the Aug. 8 enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio.They instead will have to wait almost exactly one year. MORE: Why 2020 preseason games were canceledThe Pro Football Hall of Fame in June announced it had rescheduled all events associated with its 2020 enshrinement festival. That included the 2020 Hall of Fame game that was scheduled to be played between the Steelers and Cowboys on Aug. 6. So modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu will have to wait one more year before they can stand in front of hundreds of onlookers in that glorious summer heat and give their long-awaited acceptance speeches.Below are all the details of the postponement of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.When is the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony for 2020?The Pro Football Hall of Fame knew early in the summer that its enshrinement festival for the Class of 2020 could not possibly play out on schedule amid the pandemic. So the solution was relatively simple.The 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement events were postponed by exactly a year, which will pair them with those for the 2021 class for something of a Hall of Fame doubleheader in August of next year. The Hall has even branded it as “Twice the Fun in ’21.”Events tied to Enshrinement Week Powered by @johnsoncontrols now will take place Aug. 5-9, 2021. Watch to learn more. pic.twitter.com/tnZhW2cf5L— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) June 25, 2020″The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make enshrinement week so special remains our top priority,” president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame David Baker said in June. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ’21.’Added Denny Saunier, the president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce: “We have been a proud partner with the Hall for more than 50 years in producing wonderful events that showcase Canton and surrounding areas. Although we’re all disappointed we won’t be enjoying those festivities this summer, we look forward to welcoming the huge numbers of visitors and returning Hall of Famers who will make the 2021 enshrinement week special.”The NFL, the Cowboys and the Steelers also agreed to postpone (rather than cancel) the 2020 Hall of Fame Game, which will be played Aug. 5, 2021. Fans who had tickets to the game were given the option to retain their seats for the same price or to apply for a refund.NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inducteesBecause 2020 marked the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class, an extra 15 “Centennial Slate” inductees were added to the typical modern-era inductees. The slate includes 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 years ago), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches as elected by a special blue-ribbon panel in January.The five modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees were elected in February by the Hall’s 48-person selection committee. Polamalu is the only first-ballot Hall of Famer in the 2020 class.last_img read more

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The Ones That Got Away: A quick look at the unsold players after the…

first_imgAdvertisement 684119NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4dji4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qrufiWould you ever consider trying this?😱t94m0xCan your students do this? 🌚8kpuwRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 2020 IPL Auctions managed to carve a niche after shattering a slew of records which was highlighted with Kolkata Knight Riders’ acquisition of Pat Cummins for a sum of Rs 15.5 Cr. As with every deed, there’s always the other side of the coin with the crop of unsold players constituting this one. Advertisement Advertisement With the franchises opting for explosive batsmen, the non-T20 specialists were left behind which included Cheteshwar Pujara and Manoj Tiwary. While explosive overseas openers fetched a lot of sum, names such as Evin Lewis and Martin Guptill found no suitors.The franchises put all their balls in the basket comprising of the big-name bowlers which left a slew of talented bowlers without a franchise. The unsold bowlers include New Zealand duo of Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi, leg-spinners such as Adam Zampa, Hayden Walsh. Last season’s find Alzarri Joseph too did not find any bids for him. The other notable unsold players include Kulwant Khejroliya, Muztafizur Rahman, Liam Plunkett, and Vinay Kumar.Advertisement Wicket-keepers were an area which most of the franchises were already comfortably poised with, which is why there was no surprise regarding the unsold list of wicket-keeper batsmen. Heinrich Klassen, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naman Ojha, Kusal Perera, and Shai Hope were some of the high profile names that remained unsold.IPL veteran Yusuf Pathan remained without a franchise while Colin de Grandhomme and Stuart Binny are also set to miss the 13th edition of the IPL. West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, New Zealand’s explosive Colin Munro, Ben Cutting, and Jason Holder also returned empty-handed at the auction pool.Here is the entire list of Unsold Players:Unsold PlayersBatsmenPlayersBase PriceHanuma Vihari50 LCheteshwar Pujara50 LManjot Kalra20 LHarpreet Bhatia20 LRohan Kadam20 LEvin Lewis1 CRManoj Tiwary50 LColin Ingram50 LMartin Guptill1 CRBowlersPlayersBase PriceTim Southee1 CRIsh Sodhi75 LAdam Zampa1.5 CRHayden Walsh50 LZahir Khan50 LKulwant Khejroliya20 LRiley Meredith40 LK. C. Cariappa20 LMidhun Sudhesan20 LNoor Ahmad30 LAnrich Nortje50 LBarinder Sran50 LMark Wood50 LAlzarri Joseph50 LMustafizur Rahman1 CRAdam Milne50 LRahul Shukla20 LSean Abbott75 LMatt Henry50 LKuldeep Sen20 LJames Pattinson1 CRLiam Plunkett1 CRNathan Ellis20 LKesrick Williams50 LVaibhav Arora20 LSaurabh Dubey20 LR Vinay Kumar1 CR WicketkeepersPlayersBase PriceHeinrich Klaasen50 LMushfiqur Rahim75 LNaman Ojha50 LKusal Perera50 LShai Hope50 LKedar Devdhar20 LK S Bharat20 LAnkush Bains20 LVishnu Vinod20 LNikhil Naik20 LAryan Juyal20 L All-roundersPlayersBase PriceYusuf Pathan1 CRColin de Grandhomme75 LStuart Binny50 LDaniel Sams20 LShahrukh Khan20 LCarlos Brathwaite50 LAndile Phehlukwayo50 LColin Munro1 CRRishi Dhawan50 LBen Cutting75 LAyush Badoni20 LPravin Dubey20 LShams Mulani1 CRJason Holder75 LIsuru Udana50 LSumit Kumar20 LYudhvir Charak20 LSujit Nayak20 LGeorge Garton20 L Read Also:Quick Buck: Pat Cummins becomes the most expensive foreign signing during IPL 2020 auctionIPL 2020 Auction: All the players picked up by the teams and their prices Advertisementlast_img read more

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Monmouth County Checks Fuel Pumps for Accuracy

first_imgMotorists and boat owners may feel like they’re paying too much for fuel – even though prices have come down in recent weeks – but annual inspections for accurate measurement at all fuel pumps in Monmouth County have turned up very few violations.From left, Freeholder Serena DiMaso and Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures employees, Deputy Superintendent Evan Berman and Assistant Superintendent Chris Trezoglou, conducted  gas meter testing at a Brielle marina.Recently, Freeholder Serena DiMaso joined a team from the Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures at Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle to check gasoline and diesel pumps at the dock for accuracy of volume and price. All pumps at the marina were accurate.“Inspectors at the county weights and measures department are the unsung heroes of the Monmouth County consumer,” DiMaso said. “Motorists and boat owners can be assured they are getting what they pay for. Inspectors check every pump to ensure that the price is calibrated properly and actual volume being pumped is correct. The work they do touches the lives of consumers every day.”This year’s inspection came as the average price throughout New Jersey was $3.27 per gallon, and higher for diesel fuel.In addition to checking weighing and measuring devices such as gasoline pumps, scales and oil delivery trucks, the county assures the accuracy of every consumer product sold by weight, measure, count, volume or time. Every device used in trade and almost every product sold in the marketplace is regulated in one way or another by Weights and Measures.Like any other weighing or measuring device in Monmouth County that is used in trade, fuel pumps must be inspected and tested by the Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures every year. This year inspections began in late April and should be completed by mid-July. By the time inspections are completed, inspectors will have checked 5,000 pumps at 202 service stations and 19 marinas.“Most gasoline pumps are accurate,” said Ben Peluso, superintendent of the Department of Weights and Measures. “The majority of individuals who operate these stations are honest and hard working people. However, from time to time, violations do occur and if they are serious enough a summons is issued and a complaint is filed in the local court.”Results of this year’s gasoline pump inspections won’t be available until August.Two things that a consumer should do when purchasing fuel: make sure the pump has been reset to zero before the attendant begins to put product in their vehicle, and look for a current, dark blue weights and measures sticker on gasoline pumps that will show they have passed inspection.Anyone who has a concern or question about any station should call the Monmouth Department of Weights and Measures at 732-431-7362.last_img read more

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Lauren Springsteen and Mark Smith

first_imgLauren Ashley Springsteen and Mark David Smith were married on June 30, 2012 at Central Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands. Reverend George Hancock-Stefan performed the ceremony. Jennifer Capriotti and Stephanie Fischer were the matrons of honor, and Nicholas Hlinka and Christopher Esposito were best men. The wedding was followed by a reception at Beacon Hill Country Club, Atlantic Highlands.Lauren is the daughter of David and Patricia Springsteen, Rumson. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in math, science and technology education and a master’s degree in English as a second language education. She is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Montgomery Township Lower Middle School.Mark is the son of Jean Smith, Atlantic Highlands and David Smith, Eatontown. He graduated from Montclair University with a B.A. in history and is currently pursuing a master’s in Education Leadership at The College of New Jersey. He is a history teacher at Neptune High School.After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside in Middletown.last_img read more

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Taste of the Town

first_imgRED BANK – The Count Basie is working up quite an “Appetite.”Come September, the Monmouth Street performing arts center will be serving a delicious four-day festival of gastronomic greatness sprinkled with celebrity chefs, a generous portion of tastings, talks and films and a full helping of children’s activities.“Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience” will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 8, and should appeal to everyone from true foodies to those who just like to eat.The event will kick off on 8 p.m. Thursday with an on­stage interview and a question-and-answer session with Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, moderated by Teresa Politano.Anne BurrellFriday chef Anne Burrell takes to the main stage at 8 p.m. and Saturday night chef Joe Bastianich will be appearing with special guest Victor Rallo. Both the Burrell and Bastianich appearances will involve cooking. Bastianich is expected to hold a penna pasta “throw down” challenge between Rallo and Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna with the celebrity chef deciding whose plates win.During the day on Sat­urday, a variety of food purveyors, including Carton Brewing, Sugarush, Destina­tion Dogs, East Coast Oyster Farm, Seven Arrows Farm and mixologist Lauren Davis, will hold “taste and talk” events at a variety of locations within the Count Basie Theatre complex, plus food trucks, craft beers and live music will be located on the theater patio and adjacent lot.Sunday afternoon will feature the food trucks, beer tastings and live music plus additional taste and talk events, a bourbon tasting and a tasting and showcasing of some exquisite Italian wines.Four food-featuring films will be shown on the main stage with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the 1971 version) and Sideways presented on Saturday afternoon and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Big Night on Sunday afternoon.Ina GartenThe Sunday events will coincide with Red Bank’s Fall Street Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during which Broad and Monmouth streets will be closed to traffic. Food vendors, crafts people, music, rides, games and other activities will be featured that day.The four days of “Appetite” came together shortly after the Count Basie Theatre’s CEO arrived last fall.“Right when I arrived – and I got here just a couple of days before Sandy – one of the things we talked about as a team was how do we shift the focus of The Basie,” Adam Philipson said.The team talked at length about how the theater could not only continue presenting events and performances but also focus on its community outreach and educational components. “Sandy was the perfect beginning and opportunity for us because we were able to do four or six major fundraisers – and raised about $400,000 – for some of the nonprofits in this community and hard-hit areas here.”Discussions continued with staff on how the theater’s programs could continue that outreach “through jazz and other types of performing and visual and culinary arts – and ‘Appetite’ came out of that,” Philipson said. We said, “what if we could do a three-, four-day festival but very different than the typical food festival? … We wanted it to be about showing the art form and that fit in well with a performing arts center.“We wanted to anchor it with the celebrity chefs but we also wanted to add more behind the scenes with mixologists and the history and the art form.“It’s something new for us,” he said. “We are getting a lot of interest.”Theater officials are excited that they will be able to offer event-goers with a wide range of food topics, flavors and the opportunity to talk to purveyors about their business and their products. The food makers and distributors will be able to “tell you the history of their business and how they do what they do so uniquely,” Philipson said.The idea of a food festival seemed like a natural fit for the area.“First off, we’re all foodies,” Philipson said. “Second­ly, we live in Red Bank and Red Bank is known for it’s gastronomic activity. We also know that we have a younger community and a real diverse community.“Our feeling is let’s do something that complements what’s here,” he said.The idea is for people to go to the daytime events at the Count Basie Theatre and then go out for dinner atarea restaurants before coming back for the nighttime headliners, he said. “This is about supporting what’s here and adding more focus to an already culinary-focused town.”The food theme also cuts across all age groups and is “very social,” said Diana St. John, the theater’s marketing director. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s getting people here to talk about it.”Tickets range in price from $10 for admission to the food truck court and patio to a $415 VIP package that includes the admission to all Appetite events, including the celebrity chef talks plus the opportunity to meet and greet them.Tickets and additional information are available on the Count Basie Theatre website at www.countbasietheatre.org or by calling 732-842-9000 or visiting the 99 Monmouth St. box office. By Michele J. KuhnTheater to host four-day food festivallast_img read more

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Little Silver Police Officer Found Guilty of Four Counts of Official…

first_imgFREEHOLD – A Monmouth County jury found Little Silver Police Officer Steven Solari guilty on Thursday of four counts of second-degree official misconduct, third-degree hindering the apprehension of oneself and assault in connection with a 2009 incident in the borough, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia presided over the five-week trial culminating with the conviction of Solari.Solari is scheduled to be sentenced by Vernoia on Jan. 17. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with a mandatory five-year period of parole ineligibility on each of the four official misconduct counts; five years on the hindering apprehension count; and six months on the assault count.“No one is above the law, especially not members of the law enforcement community who hold the public trust, and who are sworn to uphold the law by protecting and serving the general public,” Gramiccioni said.Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said, “As police officers we are held to a higher standard and we must maintain those high standards to deserve the trust the public provides us on a daily basis.”Evidence presented during the trial revealed Solari performed a welfare check on an adult male at a private residence in Little Silver on Dec. 20, 2009 at the request of the individual’s mother – but the event ended with Solari arresting the man and placing him in handcuffs. During the course of the arrest, the man suffered a head injury, severe bleeding and eye irritation after being sprayed by Solari with pepper spray.An ambulance on scene was ready to transport the victim to a nearby hospital but, in violation of departmental procedure, Solari transported the victim to police headquarters for processing. During processing, Solari attempted to take booking photographs of the victim, but the victim did not cooperate during the taking of a side-profile photograph. An agitated Solari responded by punching the handcuffed victim multiple times in the head, knocking him into a metal filing cabinet where the victim struck his head. The injured man was eventually transported to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, where he was treated and released the following day.Within days of the incident, Solari submitted a police report that contained numerous false statements in an effort to conceal his crimes, including a claim the man “began to lunge” at one of the first-aid responders who was in the room at the time of the assault. However, both first-aid responders and the victim testified there was no “lunge,” but rather that an angry Solari assaulted the victim because he would not pose for the booking photograph.In a further effort to conceal his crimes, Solari also approached one of the first-aid responders on three separate occasions – twice while in police uniform – instructing the witness to tell anyone asking about the incident to “just remember he lunged.”The charges resulted from an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with the Little Silver Police Department.The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit.last_img read more

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The Nelson Leafs ready for the Posse to arrive

first_imgBut wins in four straight games has the coaching staff pretty happy about the direction of the Green and White.“This is a young team,” said McLellan. “We expecting it to take time for the defence to settle in and learn how to play Junior hockey. We’re getting much better in all aspects of the game so we’re pretty happy with the direction we’re going.”No luck Miller If Leaf captain Rayce Miller didn’t have bad luck he’d wouldn’t have any luck at all.Miller will miss Saturday’s game against Princeton after taking a puck to the face Sunday against North Okanagan Knights.Miller had some dental work and mouth surgery this week.Miller has had a tough start to the season.The Arizona native started the season recovering from Plantar fasciitis, an injury that limited off-season training.The injury kept Miller out of the lineup before being cleared to play a few games into the season.However, McLellan knows first hand the skill of Miller and is hoping early season injury bug goes away so the Leaf counterman can return to his all-star self.Showcasing Nelson Minor Hockey ChampsBefore the game, the Leafs will host the two West Kootenay Minor Hockey Champions from Nelson.The Bantam House and Peewee House champs from 2015 will be in the building, skating a victory lap on the ice before Saturday’s game. Riding a four-game winning streak the Nelson Leafs roll out the red carpet for the Princeton Posse in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The 9-5 Leafs, third in Murdoch Division standings, host a struggling Posse currently treading water in a seven-game losing streak.Ironically, the last time Princeton won a game was in late September when the Posse defeated was the Nelson Leafs.“Give them credit, they played a good game although I thought the score wasn’t indicative of the game,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan of the 6-2 loss September 25 in Princeton.“But we expecting a good game (against Princeton).”“When a team is struggling, and we’ve had a rash of teams playing us, they find ways not to lose,” McLellan added. “So we expect a tough game Saturday against Princeton.”The Leafs won twice last weekend, scoring just enough times to know off 4-9 Grand Forks and 3-10-0-0-1 North Okanagan.Leafs rocky start all but a distant memoryA quarter of the way into the season, the Leafs are on a bit of a roll after a rollercoaster start.last_img read more

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