Guilty Plea For Driver Of 2015 Fatal Hit And Run

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – Toni A. Marletta’s guilty plea last week in connection with the death of 15-year- old Marissa Procopio in July 2015, is cold comfort to Marissa’s mother.“She just has no remorse,” said a teary-eyed, visibly upset Danielle Procopio-Adams, Marissa’s mother, following Marletta’s entering of guilty pleas in state Superior Court last Friday morning.“People don’t kill people and run away,” Procopio-Adams said of Marletta’s actions. “I’m just disgusted.”Marletta, a 50-year-old resident of the Middletown’s Leonardo section, appeared before Judge Ronald Reisner where she entered a guilty plea to one count of second degree knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal accident and to a third degree count of endangering the welfare of a child in the fatal hit-and-run collision.Marletta also pleaded guilty to two motor vehicle offenses, including not having auto insurance – her second conviction for that violation, according to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle, who handled the case.According to the negotiated plea agreement, Doyle said the prosecutor’s office recommended Marletta be sentenced to seven years in state prison for the leaving the scene of an accident offense, and to a four- year concurrent prison sentence for the endangering conviction.Marletta will again appear before Reisner’s court on Dec. 2 for the sentencing phase.Marletta’s voice quivered and eyes welled up in tears as she responded in brief, often one-word responses, to her attorney, Peter O’Mara’s led narrative, where Marletta took responsibility for the July 7, 2015 incident. Authorities said a joint investigation conducted by Middletown police, the county prosecutor’s office and the county Serious Collision Analysis Response Team determined Marissa Procopio, a 15-year-old Atlantic Highlands resident, had been crossing state Highway 36 at the Avenue D intersection in Leonardo, when the car Marletta was driving struck Procopio. “Ms. Marletta fled because she immediately became overcome with panic over the fact she had recently allowed her insurance to lapse,” O’Mara maintained in his statement.O’Mara alleged Procopio was crossing the highway against a red light, based upon the observation of an independent witness, when “after running a few steps,” in the westbound lane, “was struck by right passenger side of vehicle.”Marletta was actually on her way to Middletown Police Headquarters when officers contacted her, where she consented to blood and toxicological tests, according to her lawyer. Procopio was transported by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where she died the next day from her injuries.Marletta, who had three 16-year-old girls, one of whom is her daughter, in the car at the time of the collision, fled the scene. With the help of security video from an area business, investigators were able to locate the vehicle later that evening. According to Charles Webster, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, the damage to the vehicle was consistent with the collision.Following the hearing, O’Mara distributed a statement to members of the media present before ushering Marletta out of the courtroom and building, with Marletta offering no additional comments.In O’Mara’s statement, Marletta had taken her daughter and friends to the local supermarket for snacks and food for the girls’ planned sleepover, as well as a bottle of wine for Marletta. On the trip home, at about 8:54 p.m., “her vehicle unintentionally and inadvertently,” struck Procopio.center_img Despite the onslaught of social media postings on rumors to the contrary, O’Mara said an independent analysis, conducted by John Brick, Rutgers University, found “he was unable to determine or conclude that alcohol or other drugs were significant contributing factors to the collision.”Authorities hadn’t charged Marletta with driving while impaired.Procopio-Adams said she would rather have had Marletta go to trial given “she (Marletta) would have gotten a little more time,” by way of a prison sentence.“Seven years is not enough. The electric chair wouldn’t be enough,” Procopio-Adams said.For all parties, “It’s a lose-lose situation,” she said.last_img read more

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House Passes Another Loan Deal for Gbarnga-Salayea Road

first_imgMembers of the House unanimously and happily passed the US$16.m Loan Deal-Amends Revenue Code of Liberia In its first post-election session, members of the House of Representatives have ratified a financing agreement in the amount of five million Kuwaiti Dinars (K.D. 5,000,000), equivalent to US$16,516,002.40 to assist Liberia fund the Gbarnga-Salayea Road Project. The loan agreement was signed between the Liberian Government and the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development.The House, at its 69th day sitting on Tuesday, November 21, unanimously voted to approve the financing agreement for the upgrading of the Gbarnga-Salayea road, which has been forwarded to the Senate for concurrence.The House’s decision was based on a report received from its Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary to act on a letter from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“That the project shall undertake the construction of an all-weather asphalt road of approximately 81km and 7.5km length and width respectively (with 1.5m shoulders on each side) between Gbarnga and Salayea; and it shall also include among other things, construction works, such as earthworks, bridge works, and drainages; and consultancy services, institutional support and land acquisition,” the report read by Rep. Prince Moye said.“That the amount of five million Kuwaiti Dinars (K.D. 5,000,000) – equivalent to US$16,516,002.40 – which is an additional financing secured from the Kuwaiti Fund is sufficient to undertake the project. This funding will adequately complement other funds accrued in agreements mentioned here to successfully undertake this road project,” the report added.It may be recalled that in July, the Senate in its 45th day sitting approved the first loan deal for the Gbarnga-Salayea road project in the amount of US$20M, which subsequently was concurred by the House of Representatives.According to the agreement, the Liberian government has agreed to secure US$12M from the Arab Bank for Development in Africa (BADEA); US$20M from the OPEC Fund; US$20M from the Saudi Fund for Development and US$15M from the Abu Dhabi Fund as partial financing to complete the Gbarnga-Salayea Road.Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s session, members of the House of Representatives also amended the Revenue Code of Liberia and Phase One of the Reform Tax Code of Liberia, as amended by the Consolidated Tax Amendment Act of 2011, to adopt a Modernized Customs Code 2017.“The purpose of this instrument is to develop modern customs processes that are consistent with international standards and practices that will ensure the full benefit from legitimate international trade. Besides, this Act considers greater transparency and fairness in revenue collection, protection of taxpayers and it creates accountability in customs actions and decisions,” the report said.Rep. Moye added: “The significance of the bill is to boost the economy by providing economic and commercial protection and security.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Crying foul

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – When those who run the Simi Youth Baseball League decided recently to go with college uniforms instead of those of the pros, they thought they were standing on principle. The licensing company that provided the pro threads was charging too much, and Major League Baseball – with its steroids scandal and multimillion-dollar salaries – isn’t worth emulating anyway, league organizers said. But their attempt drifted into foul territory. Because they never got permission to use the college names and logos, the league and the company that provided the uniforms could come under fire from those schools – USC, UCLA and Pepperdine University among them. “I just hadn’t thought any of this would be a problem,” said Mike Fine, Simi Youth Baseball president, who acknowledged the program never got a legal opinion about using the college names. The Collegiate Licensing Co.’s clients include Pepperdine and the University of California at Berkeley, Rice, Fresno State, Notre Dame and Stanford – all of whose trademarked logos and color schemes were also produced by Evans Sporting Goods for the replica uniforms purchased by Simi Youth Baseball. Finger pointing While there is no indication that any of these college programs have plans to take legal action, the situation has left Simi baseball officials and Evans Sporting Goods red-faced and blaming each other. Fine said his organization never sought permission from the colleges or their licensing representatives. They’d been assured by Evans that appropriate clearance had been obtained, he added. But Dave Miller, the Evans Sporting Goods representative whom Fine claims gave him those assurances, denied doing so. He also admitted that neither he nor his company have licensing permission from any of the colleges to produce uniforms with their trademark-protected logos. “We produced those uniforms to our customer’s specifications,” Miller said. “We used the college logos and artwork that Simi Youth Baseball provided us.” Both Fine and Miller initially tried to downplay the licensing problem, saying the youth teams were being identified only by the team mascots, not the names. But the Simi schedules, including those on its Web site, identify league teams by colleges, not mascots. Some teams and players have also taken field trips to visit local colleges whose uniforms they wear. Evans Sporting Goods, based in Garden Grove, has long supplied uniforms for youth baseball programs in Santa Clarita, Granada Hills, Simi Valley, Toluca Lake, Agoura Hills, Sylmar, Acton and Castaic – programs that in recent years also stopped wearing MLB-replica uniforms. For his part, Miller and Evans Sporting Goods have been at the center of the licensing controversy for some time, having been sued by Major League Baseball years ago when the professional sport organization first began cracking down on licensing. In one instance, Evans and one of the programs it supplies – the Hart PONY League in Santa Clarita – ran into a problem when they attempted to skirt the licensing laws with uniforms bearing “Hart” in script on the jersey front with a major league team name in the tail formed by the `T’ under “Hart.” “It is a business, and I understand that, but the NBA looks the other way, the NFL looks the other way,” Miller said at the time. “The bottom line is Major League Baseball wants to collect money from youth leagues.” But officials with the National Basketball Association and the National Football League said they strenuously protect their league and teams’ trademarks. Skyrocketing fees Almost lost in this controversy is the reason Simi Youth Baseball began using college team names – the increase in MLB licensing fees. Simi officials say the hike would have driven up the cost of a uniform from $17 to $28 and forced the organization to raise player registration fees. Fees range from $140 to $195 per player, depending on age levels, plus a snack bar fee, with a ceiling of $350 per family. The licensing fee arrangement between Major League Baseball and youth programs around the country, including Little League International, is negotiated by those programs’ national offices. Simi Youth Baseball is not affiliated with Little League, but with the rival PONY League, which like Little League offers programs at several age levels. Virtually all other youth baseball programs in the San Fernando Valley use uniforms with the names of major league teams on them. Tony Czarnecki, whose Canoga Park-based All-American Sport Shoppe outfits many of the Valley’s Little League and youth baseball programs, said higher MLB licensing fees have infuriated some officials from other youth leagues. Czarnecki and others say MLB fees increased after the league entered an exclusive deal with Majestic Athletic Apparel, the same Pennsylvania company that produces uniforms for all of MLB’s teams. Major League Baseball, which charges a royalty for replica uniforms using the designs it owns, has defended its move as being best for controlling the quality of the products that bear its name. While MLB officials didn’t return phone calls for this story, the league’s licensing director, Steve Armus, told the Daily News last year: “We love kids and we encourage them to play Little League or PONY League baseball and we know how important it is for them to emulate their heroes. But at the end of the day we are a business. This is not a profitable business for us – don’t forget about all the middlemen – but it is a business. We’re not in it to gouge. We feel we’re very fair.” Meanwhile, the Simi league will continue wearing the college uniforms until further notice, with games scheduled into June. tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Purity of the game Officials with the 600-player league proudly proclaimed the integrity of their decision – that by using amateur college team names instead of those of dollar-driven Major League Baseball, they were promoting the purity of the game, steering youngsters toward thinking about college and saving money at the same time. But Simi Youth Baseball officials never asked those colleges and universities for permission to use their trademark logos and color schemes, prompting the institutions to aggressively protect their licensing rights. “It is a problem that has gotten increasingly worse and which we have to constantly be on top of,” said Liz Kennedy, the director of trademarks and licensing for the University of Southern California. Last year, USC was among a group of colleges that, with The Collegiate Licensing Co., won a trademark infringement suit against a uniform manufacturer. The ruling means manufacturers and others can no longer use colleges’ distinctive colors – like USC’s cardinal and gold – in producing apparel that refers to those universities. last_img
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Taylor Fire Department respond to construction debris fire

first_imgSeven Taylor fire fighters responded to a construction debris fire yesterday west of Lone Wolf Golf Club at a site. The blaze took 45 minutes to extinguish and no injuries were sustained by those on hand.Chief Alan Stebbing of the Taylor Fire Department stated that the cause hasn’t been determined, and the fire was not suspicious in nature. That being said he is reminded the public that the conditions outside remain very dry and as such there is still a high fire risk.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Iceland name Swede Hamren as new coach

first_img0Shares0000Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren has been named as the new Iceland boss © AFP/File / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDREYKJAVIK, Iceland, Aug 8 – Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren was on Wednesday announced as Iceland’s new manager, replacing Heimir Hallgrimsson who stepped down after leading the island nation to its first World Cup in Russia.Selected ahead of 30 other candidates, the 61-year-old now faces the task of taking the team to Euro 2020, which would be their third major championship in a row after reaching the Euro 2016 quarter-finals in France and the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer. “I like the challenge and I believe we can do it,” said Hamren, who has been a coach for more than 25 years at the highest level in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.“I’m coming into a new country and new team. It’s important that I won’t change everything. We have to hold onto the things that have worked well in the past.”Iceland’s former coach Hallgrimsson, 51, stepped down in July, saying it would be “good for the team to have a new vision”.Hamren signed a two-year contract with the possibility of an extension for another two years.Under his leadership, Sweden qualified for Euro 2012 and Euro 2016, but were knocked out in the group stage on both occasions.But Hamren failed to take Sweden to the 2014 World Cup after losing in a playoff to Portugal.He previously coached several clubs in his home country, but won his only league titles with Denmark’s Aalborg and Norway’s Rosenborg.Hamren had been the technical director of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns since January before resigning two days ago to take on the Iceland job.He will be assisted by Freyr Alexandersson, who has been coaching the Icelandic women’s team for five years.The two men will begin work in September for the start of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.“I’m very happy getting Freyr into the setup with me,” Hamren added. “In the short time since I met him he has impressed me hugely.”Iceland are to face Switzerland on September 8 and Belgium on September 11.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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World Cup fatigue could have caused De Bruyne injury, says Guardiola

first_imgHe played for the final 30 minutes last Sunday as Guardiola’s side began their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 victory at Arsenal.However, the midfielder then suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday, and was spotted on crutches that night at the premiere of ‘All Or Nothing’, a documentary that features behind-the-scenes footage of City’s title victory.Guardiola expects De Bruyne to be fit again by the beginning of December, but acknowledges City will have a tough task dealing with his absence, just as they did when a knee injury ruled out left-back Benjamin Mendy for virtually the whole of last season.“We never know. My opinion is that when you ask a lot of the players, over more than 11 months, then after he comes back, this (injury) can happen,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“Nobody knows, but I’m pretty sure this can influence it. When you are fresh here, fresh on your legs, it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it can.“It will be two or three months. We hope he can do as much as possible to get back and help us again.“It will be a big miss like last season with Mendy. Last season, Kevin was outstanding and of course for him and his family, you never want this.“It’s part of the game for the players –- it’s normal, they don’t rest. It’s a tough season, with short recovery times. They (the football authorities) say ‘let’s go’ and we are in the competition.“Human beings have a limit and sometimes these things happen.“My advice to him now is to rest, take the holidays he didn’t get in these two or three weeks, do it now. Then he’ll start training and we’ll be waiting for him with big arms.”– ‘Right moment’ –De Bruyne’s absence is set to give David Silva more opportunities to impress, with the Spain playmaker free to commit himself to club duties after announcing his international retirement on Monday.Silva missed several matches last season to spend time with his son Mateo, who was seriously ill in hospital after being born prematurely.Mateo was allowed to leave hospital in May, five months after being born, and his now recovering well.“I’m glad for him. If he has decided to do that, it is because he feels it is the right moment. Congratulations to him,” Guardiola said.“He has played more than 100 games, winning two European Championships and one World Cup. He is one of the most fascinating, incredible players in the whole history of Spain.“He decided. No one at Man City, and not myself, pushed him. The player has to feel it. He decided to rest a little bit more with his wife and his little boy, and play with us.”City are waiting to hear from Tottenham about where their Premier League match in London, scheduled for October 28, might be played.White Hart Lane will not be ready, as it is still being rebuilt, and Wembley is hosting an NFL match that day.Asked if City might reverse the fixtures, and switch October’s game to the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola said: “I don’t know — I can only say, if that happened, then four of our final five matches of the season would be away.“I think when you are maybe playing for the Premier League, four games away is a little bit different.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne will be a hard act to replace, admitted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after it was announced he would be out for up to three months © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEManchester, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Pep Guardiola has suggested post-World Cup fatigue could have been a factor in the knee injury that has ruled out Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne for around three months.De Bruyne only returned to training at City last week, having had a break after helping Belgium finish third in Russia in July.last_img read more

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MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO ST PATRICK’S NIGHT FALCARRAGH ASSAULT

first_imgTWO men have pleaded guilty to assault causing harm during an incident in Falcarragh.Conor McHugh, who is 19 and from Ballintemple, Falcarragh, and 22-year-old Stephen O’Donnell, from Knockfola, Brinaleck, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court.Both men admitted an attack on Patrick McLaughlin in the early hours of March 18, 2013, in Falcarragh. They each face one count of a Section 3 assault.Judge John O’Hagan agreed to defence counsel requests to have their sentencing hearings adjourned until April 28 next year.The judge also asked that probation reports should be prepared as well as a victim impact statement.The victim has also been given the option of appearing in court at the next date.MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO ST PATRICK’S NIGHT FALCARRAGH ASSAULT was last modified: December 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultConor McHughFalcarraghguiltySTEPHEN O’DONNELLlast_img read more

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GAA: FOCUS ON HANDPASS, BUT RULES WON’T CHANGE

first_imgIT seems that not a day goes by without someone or other having a go at Donegal over…well…something or other.Today it’s the handpass.Apparently the Donegal senior football team does an awful lot of it. In fact more than 240 times in the match against Dublin. The GAA has no plans to change the rules – despite Donegal’s use of them.You can go back to sleep…or read about it here:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/1215/1224309098262.html  GAA: FOCUS ON HANDPASS, BUT RULES WON’T CHANGE was last modified: December 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAhandpass ruleslast_img read more

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PULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AS RTE TO BROADCAST DONEGAL BOXERS BOUTS

first_imgJason Quigley takes the victory as Olympian O’Neill looks on in the quarter finalRTE2 is to broadcast coverage of two Donegal boxers’ national title final fights tonight.Jason Quigley from the Finn Valley BC and Willie McLaughlin from Illies Golden Gloves club will be bidding for national glory.McLaughlin will be hoping to out-box Olympian Adam Nolan in the 69kg bout which will be shown live with coverage on RTE2 from 9.45pm. Jason Quigley’s bout with Roy Sheehan in the 75kg category is earlier in the fight night at the national stadium in Dublin, with highlights being showed during the show, said RTE.Hundreds of supporters from across the county are making their way to the capital for what should be another great night for Donegal boxing. PULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AS RTE TO BROADCAST DONEGAL BOXERS BOUTS was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn valley boxing clubIllies Boxing ClubJason QuigleyPULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AS RTE TO BROADCAST DONEGAL BOXERS BOUTSwillie mclaughlinlast_img read more

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Up to eight cars damaged as blaze rips through underground carpark

first_imgDozens of people had to be evacuated from an apartment block after a fire broke out in an underground carpark in Letterkenny.Forensic experts are at the scene of the blaze which took place at Rosemount Lane off the town’s Main Street.A total of nine cars were damaged as a result of the fire. Gardai are now trying to ascertain if the blaze was started maliciously.The area has been sealed off and a thorough investigation is due to commence shortly.The fire started in the early hours of the morning and was not brought under control until around 5am.A number of units of the fire service called to the scene. The car park is beneath an apartment complex which contains 17 apartments.All residents were evacuated and were put up in a local hotel overnight.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said “Thankfully nobody was hurt but we are appealing to anybody who was in the area at the time to come forward.“It was a frightening experience for the residents as they had to be awoken form their sleep and taken form their homes.“We are currently viewing CCTV and anybody who may have any more CCTV to come forward. We have spoken to a number of people in relation to CCTV but if there are any more we would like to view it.” There was nobody injured in the blaze.The road from Main Street down to Pearse Road is currently closed as a result of the fire.Local business owner Leonard Watson of Watson’s Menswear revealed his premises suffered severe smoke damage as a result of the blaze.“It’s like the scene out of a film. To think that nobody was hurt is a miracle. “There’s a lot of smoke damage but we have to get things cleaned up and try and open up again. I have five people working there and it’s obviously a worry for them and their families.“We just have tho try and get on with it but my house will have to be completely gutted out and we can start again,” he said.Up to eight cars damaged as blaze rips through underground carpark was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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