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    The agents were there carrying out "court-authorized law enforcement activity," a spokeswoman said.

    Federal agents from Philadelphia raided a methadone clinic in downtown Camden Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation, authorities said.

    The FBI was at the 424 Market St. clinic to "carry out court-authorized law enforcement activity," according to Carrie Adamoski, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Philadelphia office.

    She said she could not release any other detail.

    6ABC, which posted an aerial video of the scene, reported that the raid took place early Wednesday morning but North 5th Street would remain closed for most of the day due to police activity.

    The clinic, called Urban Treatment Center, provides methadone and counseling to those struggling with addiction to heroin or other opiates. It is slated to move to a new location in Bergen Square in the next year or so.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    A look at which high school programs have the most alumni playing D1 college lacrosse.


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    The top prom song of the 1980s was "Every Breath You Take" by the Police; apparently, no one realized the lyrics were about a stalker ....

    The theme for my 1977 senior prom was "Harbor Lights." And, for decades I've thought how great it would have been if Boz Skaggs had performed. Well, before you scoff, it's not so farfetched. After all, famous rock bands have played at high schools.

    During a short period in the late 1960s, classic groups that performed in Union Catholic High School's gym in Scotch Plains included The Who, Black Sabbath and Cream.

    And UCHS appears to have had a counterpart in Staples High School in Westport, Conn., around the same time, hosting bands like the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone and the Animals.

    And in the 1960s and '70s, Cherry Hill East High School would regularly hold its proms at the Latin Casino in Cherry hill, a venue played by just about every major musical solo act of the time. Thus, the Class of 1963 got to see Andy Williams perform.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    Our gallery shows a photo of the Tokens, who had a #1 hit with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' in 1961, playing at an East Brunswick prom in 1969; no information is available on how and why that came about. The Yardbirds played the St. Xavier High School prom in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1968, though it should be noted that the school was large enough that the event was held at the Cincinnati Convention Center; the band was paid $2,000.

    little cypruss-mauriceville high school prom 1971.jpg 

    But this photo is my favorite. A band known as "Zee Zee Top" played the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School prom in 1970. The band released its first album, removing four 'e's' in the interim, in 1971 and had their first chart single ("Francine") in 1972. ZZTop played a high school prom.

    Enjoy this collection of prom photos from the past in New Jersey, as well as these links to previous prom galleries.

    Vintage photos of proms in N.J.

    Vintage photos of N.J. proms

    Vintage photos of high school proms in NJ

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


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    Raul "Omar" Quinones is accused of killing his girlfriend, Elaine Jimenez, and seriously wounding her son. Watch video

    A couple driving home from church on March 25 couldn't stop a man who was attacking his girlfriend in the street, and instead found themselves bearing witness to a brutal, fatal attack, according to a recording of their 911 call.

    The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Raul "Omar" Quinones, 29, stabbed his girlfriend, Elaine Jimenez, 37, a total of 22 times in her home and in the street. He also stabbed her 20-year-old son several times before fleeing, authorities said, but the young man is expected to survive his injuries.

    Authorities said Quinones confessed to the attack and he is being held in jail on charges including murder.

    elaine-instagram.jpgElaine Jimenez, 37, in a photo from Instagram. 

    Recordings of two 911 calls obtained through a public records request show the panic and chaos in the home and neighborhood as Quinones allegedly terrorized the family and menaced a bystander who tried to intervene.

    The first 911 call came from Jimenez's younger son, who tells a dispatcher that his mother's boyfriend has stabbed his older brother.

    According to the prosecutor's office, Jimenez had told her family not to let Quinones in the house that afternoon, but then relented and let him inside to get personal items. When he entered he tackled her and began stabbing her with a pocketknife, witnesses told the police.

    She fled the house, and Quinones called her oldest son to come downstairs, where he stabbed him in the chest, stomach and arm, authorities said.

    Quinones then followed Jimenez out of the house, tackled her again and stabbed her repeatedly, in full view of the neighborhood, authorities said.

    Jimenez younger son apparently called 911 while Quinones was out of the house, begging a dispatcher to send an ambulance for his brother and saying he didn't know what Quinones did to his mother.

    While he is still on the line, there is banging and yelling in the background as well as cries of "Omar, please!" before the boy tells the dispatcher that Quinones broke down the door and spoke to his bleeding brother before leaving.

    "He said he is letting my brother go," he told the dispatcher.

    498_quinoneswebquinones01.jpgRaul "Omar" Quinones, 29, appears in court Thursday, March 29, 2018 on charges including murder. 

    The second 911 call was made by the couple that came upon the terrible scene while coming home from church.

    "We are in our car, there's this guy stabbing his girlfriend on 29th and Arthur," the wife said in the call. "We tried to stop but he's threatening us... Oh my God, I think he killed her."

    She told the dispatcher that her husband tried to stop and intervene but the man with the knife started coming toward them.

    The sound of an engine revving loudly can be heard in the background moments before the woman tells the dispatcher that she thinks the assailant fled on a motorcycle.

    Jimenez and Quinones had been dating for about a year, authorities said. While Quinones has no violent charges on his record, his ex-girlfriend, Watia Goldston of Camden, told NJ Advance Media that he beat her throughout their relationship and she was always too afraid to report him.

    She said Quinones made a living repairing motorcycles, and that he used to work on Jimenez's motorcycle before they started dating. 

    Her obituary and tributes by her online, family and friends described Jimenez as a loving mother with an adventurous streak who loved motorcycles and traveling.

    "Elaine liked to joke around and found joy in making others laugh. Her smile could light up a room," her obituary said. "She will be remembered as a hard worker who was always happy and most of all a good mom who was always there for her sons."

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The decision also means the prosecutor's office will move forward on charges against the arrestee, accused of resisting arrest and obstruction


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    Eric Richardson was indicted on a half dozen charges for pulling the women over to pursue relationships and falsifying records of the stops.

    eric-richardsonjpg-57666bb866b5e350.jpgEric Richardson 

    A New Jersey State Police trooper accused of improperly pulling over women repeatedly to ask them out was indicted Thursday on a half dozen charges, including official misconduct, the state attorney general's office announced. 

    An internal investigation found that in November and December 2016, Eric Richardson, 32, of Camden pulled over female drivers and threatened to arrest them or offered to let them off if they didn't hand over their phone numbers.

    "We allege that the defendant used his authority as a police officer to harass two women and he then falsified official records to cover up his misconduct," said Elie Honig, director of the Division of Criminal Justice. "These are serious charges." 

    The trooper, who was also accused of falsifying records to conceal these stops, was charged with criminal coercion, tampering with public records or information, falsifying or tampering with records, wrongful access/disclosure of information, obtaining information from a motor vehicle record, and official misconduct.

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    The Attorney General's office said in one case, the trooper warned a driver her windows had an illegal tint and she was driving with expired registration but "allegedly attempted to win favor with her by not towing the vehicle and letting her drive away, the Attorney General's Office said.

    Richardson followed the driver and pulled her over again, "pressuring her" for her phone number, which he later used to text her, according to the Attorney General's Office.

    He pulled her over on a third occasion to ask if she was receiving his texts. Officials said he logged that stop as aiding a motorist.

    In another instance, he threatened to arrest a female driver with a warrant out for her arrest after he'd pulled her over, even pulling out his handcuffs, if she didn't give him her phone number, officials said.

    He also texted that woman and reported that the traffic stop involved a man, according to officials.

    Richardson also turned off the dashboard camera in his patrol car during some of the stops, according to the Attorney General's Office.

    Two of the charges stem from a separate incident, in which Richardson is accused of illegally accessing an FBI database to obtain information on a woman who worked for a friend. He texted that friend photos of her driver history, officials said.

    Richardson has been suspended since May.

    His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Samantha Marcus may be reached at smarcus@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @samanthamarcus. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

     

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    20 police dogs spent the day searching for hidden narcotics and explosives in the empty arena Watch video

    It's all a big game for the dogs, but it can be deadly serious business for humans.

    Twenty police K-9 dogs from various departments throughout the state spent Thursday searching for hidden narcotics and explosives at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton.

    For the dogs and their officers, it is week six of 14 in Scent Class #33.

    "It's very important that we get the dogs exposed to different environments," New Jersey State Police Canine Unit Sgt. Timothy Neville said. "The dogs are learning new explosive odors."

    P1360203.00_00_21_39.Still002.jpgA police dog is led on a search of the luxury suite level at the Cure Insurance Arena. (Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media) 

    He continued, "We all know the importance of having an explosive dog in today's society. (These teams) are going to be responsible for clearing many different events and venues throughout the state."

    They worked the concourse, upstairs luxury suites and general seating areas.

    Every area has different breezes, going in different directions," Ron Braen of the Ocean County Sheriff's Department said.

    For the dog, the "game" is to recognize an odor of explosives or narcotics.

    P1360203.00_00_40_10.Still005.jpgFrom left, Ron Braen, Ocean County Sheriff's Department and Sgt. Gordon Schaeffer Camden County Sheriff's Department, hide material with the scent of explosives in the concourse area. (Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media) 

    Once something has been detected and recognized, a rolled up towel is thrown near the animal as a reward. 

    It is important that the dog not see the officer introduce the towel or else the dog would ignore its work and simply wait for the "treat" from the officer. 

    As it is, the dog believes that the treat simply pops into existence when the mission is accomplished.

    After that, it's playtime, mixed with lavish praise from the officer for a job well done.

    Michael Mancuso may be reached at mmancuso@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @michaelmancuso Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    N.J. is winning the fight against soot, but the state's ozone levels are still concerning according to 2018 "State of the Air" report

    There's good and bad news about the quality of New Jersey's air.

    Fewer areas in the Garden State are suffering from pollution caused by air particles, like soot and fine dust. Ozone pollution, on the other hand, is worsening.

    That assessment comes from the American Lung Association's newly released 2018 "State of the Air" report, which details air pollution around the nation from 2014 to 2016 and found that more than four in 10 Americans live with unhealthy air.

    According to the report, both ozone and soot pollution can contribute to lung cancer and other health problems.

    Ozone, the main ingredient in smog, that is found in air near the Earth's surface can be extremely harmful to people. It's effects can be described as "sunburn for the lungs," said to Kevin Stewart, a spokesman for the American Lung Association.

    "Someone could have an asthma attack as a result of this," Stewart said of ozone pollution. "Someone could go to the emergency room, and we know that asthma can kill people."

    Stewart said that ozone isn't typically emitted directly into the air, but rather forms when other pollutants combine. The chemical reaction that causes ozone to form happens more frequently in hot weather.

    Out of 227 metro areas, the greater New York area (which includes Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties) was listed as the 10th worst city for ozone pollution. The greater Philadelphia area (which includes Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties) was listed as the 24th worst city for ozone pollution.

    The report grades individual counties on an A through F scale based on the number of high pollution days they registered during the study. In New Jersey, 15 of the state's 21 counties monitor ozone pollution. Of those, 11 scored F's; Morris County scored a D; and Atlantic, Cumberland and Warren counties scored C's. New Jersey's ozone pollution grades are worse compared to last year's report.

    Because air pollution is not confined by state borders, the report measures metro areas rather than individual states. New Jersey is split between the New York and Philadelphia metro areas. However, Stewart said that if New Jersey was measured as a whole it would still rank as one of the worst ozone pollution areas.

    OzoneGrades.jpgOzone pollution grades for New Jersey counties, according to the American Lung Association's 2018 "State of the Air" report. Map courtesy of the American Lung Association. 

    As for soot pollution, New Jersey showed improvement from last year's report.

    The greater Philadelphia area was also listed as the 12th worst city for year round air particle pollution, out of 187 metro areas. The greater New York area was ranked 26th.

    But areas in Delaware and Connecticut, also included in those metro areas, were more polluted than New Jersey, Stewart said. Overall, the Garden State is in pretty good shape when it comes to particle pollution. Of the 13 counties that monitor particle pollution in the state, all but one were graded A or B. Union County, the worst offender, received a C.

    DailyParticleGrades.jpgDaily air particle pollution grades for New Jersey counties, according to the American Lung Association's 2018 "State of the Air" report. Map courtesy of the American Lung Association. 

    Part of the reason New Jersey may have less soot pollution is because the state has focused on putting cleaner engines on the road and expanding renewable energy in the state, said Larry Hajna, spokesman for theNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Also, the closure of New Jersey coal power plants and the phasing out of old diesel engines have been important in cutting back the Garden State's air particle pollution, he added.

    Cutting back vehicle emissions is also a way to combat ozone pollution, Hajna said. He noted that New Jersey has some of the strictest vehicle emissions regulations in the nation, but that the state can do little to address emissions blowing into the Garden State from elsewhere. Specifically, Hajna said it is common for ozone pollution from Pennsylvania and points south to blow northward into New Jersey.

    Hajna also noted the state's renewed push for wind energy and electric vehicles.

    "All administrations in New Jersey, going back decades, have taken air quality seriously," Hajna said. "This administration is no different."

    Michael Sol Warren may be reached at mwarren@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MSolDub. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    He's charged with gunning down a 28-year-old Lindenwold man earlier this month

    A murder suspect considered armed and dangerous is on the run from U.S. Marshals along with his girlfriend, who is also wanted for an unrelated matter, authorities said.

    Terrill Chandler, 28, of Lindenwold, was charged with murder in the April 3 killing of Dominique Vivett, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

    Authorities issued a warrant for Chandler three days after the shooting, but authorities can't seem to find him.

    He may be traveling with his girlfriend, Victoria Harris, 26, the prosecutor's office said. She is also wanted by police on an outstanding warrant out of Camden County.

    The prosecutor's office said the couple may be in the Trenton area. Chandler also goes by the alias Rell, the office said.

    "Members of the public should not approach Terrill Chandler," the office said, but should call 911 if they seem him or Harris. "He should be considered armed and dangerous."

    Chandler is accused of shooting Vivett, 25, of Lindenwold, on the afternoon of April 3.

    Lindenwold Police received 911 calls around 4 p.m. and found Vivett, suffering from a single gunshot wound, in the area of 3800 building of the Arborwood Apartment Complex, authorities said. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden where he died from his injury that afternoon.

    Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Chandler or Harris is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (609) 331-0310.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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