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Police: Secaucus cops bust WNY man for weed, cocaine, painkillers, brass…

first_img Bayonne Previous articleFulop, O’Dea, Ramchal, Shea expected at Jersey City public safety meeting tonightNext articleChristie, Prieto, Sweeney compromise with potential $5B North Jersey casino plan John Heinis Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter A West New York man was arrested in Secaucus last week when police caught him in possession of marijuana, cocaine, painkillers and brass knuckles during a routine traffic stop, officials said.Photo via Secaucusnj.gov.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewJefferson Marte-Peralta, 24, of West New York, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana, cocaine, Hyrdrodon-Acetaminophen), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles), possession of weapon for unlawful purposes, possession with intent to distribute paraphernalia, according to Police Det. Sgt. Michael Torres.Furthermore, Marte-Peralta was hit with motor vehicle summonses for improper display, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, officials said.During a routine traffic stop for not having a front license plate displayed on January 7th, at approximately 4:09 p.m. on Paterson Plank Road near Route 1&9, Marte-Peralta was found to be in possession of marijuana, cocaine, Hydrodon-Acetaminophen (a prescription painkiller) and brass knuckles, authorities said.Marte-Peralta had his bail set at $75,000 with a 10 percent option, police said. By John Heinis – January 11, 2016 2:24 pm 0 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Facebook Twitter CrimeSecaucusWest New York Police: Secaucus cops bust WNY man for weed, cocaine, painkillers, brass knuckles TAGSbrass knucklescocainemarijuanaprescription drugssecaucus police SHARE Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Crime Bayonne last_img read more

Miller to lead Young Lawyers Division

first_img February 15, 2015 Rawan Bitar Associate Editor Regular News Miller to lead Young Lawyers Division Associate EditorKatherine Hurst Miller of Daytona Beach has become president-elect designate of The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. Miller was selected without opposition by the YLD Board of Governors at its January meeting in St. Petersburg. She will be sworn in as YLD president-elect at the Bar’s Annual Convention in June when current President-elect Gordon Glover takes over as 2015-2016 president. Miller will begin her presidential term in June 2016.After five years of service on the YLD Board of Governors, Miller said she was excited to lead the young lawyers and credited her fellow peers for inspiring her to do so.“This board has been the best thing I have ever done,” she said. “I’ve served on amazing committees. The senior members of this board have mentored me, and the newer members of this board have inspired me.”Miller’s main goal as president will be encouraging pro bono work in light of challenges in the state with access to justice for people who cannot afford to pay for legal services.“The solution I propose is promoting pro bono, much more that anything we have ever done before, because if young lawyers engage where they are uniquely qualified, where they are needed, and where they feel passionate, then we will have a better legal system overall.”Miller also expressed concern about what attorneys will have to contend with in the future.“I sit on the Vision 2016 commission and I’m hearing about the future of the practice of law. I want to make sure that young lawyers are represented, and protected, and able to succeed in the future.“Technology and nonlawyers are creeping into the practice of law and wanting a share of our business, and I want to make sure young lawyers are getting cases and training,” she said.Miller is a partner with the firm of Cobb Cole, P.A., in Daytona Beach, where she focuses on commercial contract and tort disputes, insurance agent defense, and condo and homeowners’ association practice.She graduated cum laude from the Stetson University College of Law in 2006. As a student, Miller traveled to Austria where she and her team were the first Americans in more than a decade to win the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition. She also edited the Stetson Law Review, and was honored with the 2006 Outstanding Editor Award.A native of West Texas, Miller’s father was in the military. Her need for adult independence led her to venture out of the Lone Star State to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned a B.A. in art history, summa cum laude. Miller moved to Florida in 2003 and has resided in the Sunshine State ever since; her husband, Arthur “Chris” Miller, is an assistant state attorney. They have a two-year old daughter named Elizabeth.Miller said her husband’s government work educates her continuously, and that they’ve grown up together as professionals.“There are issues that young lawyers deal with. We have dealt with them ‘times two,’ whether it’s student loans, or finding jobs, or changing jobs, or whatever those issues are, I feel like I live them times two.”Miller’s goals center around improving the experiences of attorneys new to the practice of law.“You hear that there will always be a place for the lawyer as counselor who knows their client’s business, and who knows the law, and who’s a sophisticated and helpful business advisor,” she said. “There’s always going to be a place for that lawyer, but how does a young lawyer become that lawyer? You have to have that experience somehow. I want to make sure that young lawyers get that experience.“I’d also like the YLD to continue to offer preeminent CLEs that are timely and relevant to young lawyers. I’d like us to work even closer with our affiliates and our law student leaders to make sure that our mission is accomplished every day, and not just when our board is meeting. I’d like us to work closely with the big board and the Bar to make sure that the voices of young lawyers are heard and that our opinions matter.“Part of it is for the good of the public of Florida, which is very important, but my basis for it is helping lawyers develop their skills.” Miller to lead Young Lawyers Divisionlast_img read more

Opera singer wins in online competition

first_imgCharlotte Mhlongo, a Lansdowne resident and post-graduate music student at the University of Cape Town, was among the winners of Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing competition – the worlds first online opera singing competition. Charlotte Mhlongo, 34, is elated that she was awarded The Gus and Nina prize in an online opera singing competition – the first of its kind in the world.The Lansdowne resident and University of Cape Town (UCT) post-graduate music student, entered the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition, not really expecting to win anything, but just as an encouragement to herself, as lockdown has hit her craft and livelihood hard.The competition is an initiative of London-based South African baritone, Njabulo Madlala, in response to lockdown, as singers could not perform live for audiences. Mr Madlala founded the Voices of South Africa Trust, a non-profit organisation in 2013, to support young singers from southern Africa. Ms Mhlongo, was among the soprano winners and was awarded the Gus and Nina prize, donated by Sarah-Jane Davis.She grew up listening to artists such as Sibongile Khumalo, and had a love for choral music. She was also part of her school choir, and it was while still in primary school, that her teacher entered her in an eisteddfod, where she took second place in the national competition.“Receiving a second prize on a national level is quite big and epic, and that kindled everything I am about today,” Ms Mhlongo said.She swayed from her dream when she obtained a business administration degree and worked in the corporate world for some time, but “something in you calls you back”. Lockdown has not been easy on her, she said. “It’s quite terrible. Everything just came to a standstill. I tutor high school pupils the theory of music. Now I don’t have students to teach, and no live concerts. My livelihood is now zero, and I have bills to pay. I am a wife and mother of two beautiful boys, and it did not make sense for us to move back to Nelspruit for lockdown, as we initially thought it would only be for 21 days.”She said being chosen as a winner came as a surprise. “I did not think my singing was up to standard when I entered. I did it to encourage myself. The others sounded like gold, and I did not expect to win at all. It was a pleasant surprise. “I would like to acknowledge Mr Madlala for this, because it is not just about the music, but taking us out of this dark hole. He made a huge impact. “I am also really grateful to Ms Davis for sponsoring my prize. I hope their lights keep on shining even brighter,” Ms Mhlongo said.The judges included internationally renowned South African soprano, Pumeza Matshikiza, Puerto Rican bass-baritone and opera director, Dr Carlos Conde, American conductor and pianist Kamal Khan, international British soprano Susan McCulloch and American opera star mezzo-soprano Tichina Vaughn.Said Mr Madlala: “Despite the many challenges facing South African singers at the moment, including basic needs like food and internet (access), all the singers managed to put on a great show. Our distinguished and international jury was very impressed by the level of musicality and quality of the voices.last_img read more