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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Wednesday, October 18, 2000
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6t o --? cD ' Retai,ers can't decide which toy will be the hottest this holiday season. B8 ASBURY PARK PRESS I W E D N E S D A Y , O C T . 1 8 , 2 0 0 0 f ' n HEADS UP Benefit game STAFFORD: A benefit flag football game between New Jersey State Police Troop A and Troop E will be held Friday at Southern Regional High School, Route 9, Manahawkin. Kickoff is 6:15 p.m. with all proceeds to benefit the family of deceased Trooper David Stott, who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash July 15, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation on behalf of Brady Sarin, son of State Police Sgt. Edward Sarin. A post-game beef and beer reception will be held at Fabian's Bar and Restaurant, Route 72, Stafford, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Donation is $25. Hail to the chief BERKELEY: Mayor Jason J. Varano plans on naming a permanent chief of police tomorrow at a news conference at the municipal building. David Hardie has been acting police chief since Jack Predale retired in February. Predale had served as chief for a month following the retirement of D. Michael Kern, who had been chief for the past six years. Four men tested for the position including Hardie, Lt. Charles Bunnell, Lt. John Weinlein and Lt. Rocco Novellino. Weinlein and Novellino were promoted to their current positions in December. There are 62 people in the department. Flu shot schedule The Long Beach Island Health Department will hold three flu vaccinations during the month of November. The vaccinations will be held at Beach Haven Elementary School, 700 Beach Ave., Beach Haven, on Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Barnegat Light Fire Hall, West 10th Street, Barnegat Light, Nov. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.; and at St. Francis Parish Hall, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., on Nov. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. People with non-HMO Medicare Part B must present their Medicare card at the door. A $5 is donation for non-Medicare people and those with Medicare HMO is requested. Minors need to be accompanied by their parent or guardian. For information, call (609) 492-1212. Help wanted TOMS RIVER: Catholic Charities Fix-It Program is in need of volunteers to assist in the fall yard work project Oct. 28 and Nov. 18. The organization will rake leaves, clean windows, fix leaky faucets and perform other tasks for area seniors. For information on this or other programs contact Catholic Charities, (732) 505-3113. Special needs JACKSON: Dorothy Taylor of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is to be the speaker Oct. 26 at the school year's first meeting of the township school district's Special Needs Parents Group. Call (732) 833-4630, Ext. 2114. Quesfions about laraegat primal By COLLEEN PUTT MANAHAWKIN BUREAU BARNEGAT Mayor Dolores J. Coulter will meet Monday with state election law officials after Committeeman Joseph Vill asked for an investigation into whether Coulter's campaign committee violated campaign contribution limits in the June Democratic primary. Public defender's offbeat cartoons take an irreverent look at the law : j J " J. f j 4 ' 1 .,.-, - - - " k . Hfiil Lawyer George K. Koukos is Li A lot of my ideas actually come from real life. There's a lot of drama and tragedy in the courtroom, but also a lot of humor and comedy. GEORGE K. KOUKOS OCEAN COUNTY'S FIRST ASSISTANT DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER Law& Police hunt gunman in shooting By WILFORD S. SHAMLIN TOMS RIVER BUREAU LAKE WOOD - A suspected gunman remained at large yesterday after shooting twin brothers at close range Monday evening during a heated argument, according to authorities. Mayor's campaign accused of The request cites specific incidents that, Vill contends, show the campaign fund accepted donations in excess of the $1,800 contribution limit from a corporation. It also says Schoor DePalma, the township's engineering firm, made three separate dona TIM MC CARTHYStaff Photographer also a cartoonist and is hoping for national syndication. Below, a cartoon by him. By LYNN DUCEY TOMS RIVER BUREAU George K. Koukos appears the staid attorney, who dons a suit and tie to represent clients in court as Ocean County's first assistant deputy public defender. But outside the courtroom, Koukos pokes fun at his profession through his art. For years, Koukos has drawn award-winning cartoons for New Jersey Lawyer, a weekly statewide newspaper aimed at attorneys and legal professionals. Koukos draws editorial cartoons, a comic strip and single-panel cartoons for the paper. Now, Koukos' newest single-panel work, "Law and Disorder," has caught the eye of a national syndication firm, Los Angeles-based Creators Syndicate. "It's sort of a 'Far Side' for lawyers," Koukos said, referring to lthe offbeat cartoons by Gary Larson. "It's an irreverent look at our legal system." One cartoon features a man in a dentist's chair with a mouth full of equipment as the dentist looms over him. The caption reads, "So, I understand you're representing my wife in our divorce." Antoine Jackson, 20, and his brother, Dion, both Ridge Avenue, underwent surgery at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, for a single gunshot wound each. One was shot in the chest and the other in the abdomen, but authorities did not say which brother i tions of $1,800 prior to the primary. Vill also contends the campaign committee failed to file proper campaign contribution and spending reports. Coulter, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to the isorder Koukos said his subject matter appeals to both legal professionals and the general public who have a fascination with the legal system and a love-hate relationship with lawyers in general. "A lot of my ideas actu ally come from real life," Kou-k o s said. "There's a lot of drama and tragedy in the courtroom, but also a lot of humor and comedy." LAW AND Said Margo Sugrue, national sales director with Creators Syndicate: "Obviously, it's funny. It's dif ferent. And it " seems like these days, everybody's got a lawyer. We're very excited about it." Creators represents dozens of artists and their comics, such as Johnny Hart's "Wizard of Id." "Being syndicated is only half the battle. The cartoon has to be promoted and marketed to editors of newspapers throughout the nation," Koukos said. "Law and Disorder" is similar to Koukos' "Ad Nauseum" single-panel comic, which will still suffered which injury. Both were in critical condition yesterday, Lake-wood police Capt. James Stephanick said. The suspect, Mervin Muniz, 26, is wanted by authorities on two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon and aggravated assault. violating contribution limits Township Committee. Vill is a Republican who is not a candidate in this election. Carol Hoekje, director of review and investigation with the Election Law Enforcement Commission, said her agency has a policy of not confirming or de- run in New Jersey Lawyer. "George has a knack of being very sharp and penetrating. I'm glad that others are getting to see his work," said Harvey Fisher, editor in chief of New Jersey Lawyer. DISORDER By George Koukos I understand you're representing my wife In our divorce." Koukos, of Lacey, said he has been drawing "since I came out of the womb," including during his college and law school days at Seton Hall University. Even if his "Law and Disorder" comic becomes a national craze, Koukos said he has no plans to leave his day job. "How successful I become is really up to the fates," Koukos said. "Right now, I'm just enjoying the ride." He should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. Muniz, no street address available, is accused of shooting the Jackson brothers in front of a home on Whitemore Street, where the three men were visiting a mutual friend, authorities said. nying specific investigations. A New Jersey statute states that candidates can only accept $1,800 in contributions from the same corporation per "election cycle," according to the commission. An election cycle starts 18 days after Town plans crackdown on false alarms By JOSEPH SAPIA TOMS RIVER BUREAU JACKSON - When a fire or burglar alarm sounds in the township, most likely it does not mean the real thing. In 1999, for example, of 2,954 alarms that went off, and were relayed to police by alarm companies, only nine less than half of 1 percent were not false alarms, according to police. From Jan. 1, 1999, to Oct. 4, 2000, there have been 5,304 false alarms, resulting in 2,652 police officer-hours, based on two officers being tied up on each call for at least 15 minutes, according to police. The 2,652 hours translate into more than $100,000 in costs, according to police. "False alarms have always been a problem," according to an open letter to alarm users sent to local newspapers by Samuel D. DePasquale, director of public safety. "But, as our community continues to grow and more residences Trial of boy may end today STAFF REPORT TOMS RIVER - The trial of an 11-year-old Dover Township boy accused of fatally stabbing his father in March may end today after three days of testimony. Christopher Harms is accused in the death of his father, Andrew Harms Sr., March 14 during a prolonged argument that ended in a garage at their home on Adams Avenue. Harms was 10 years old at the time but turned 11 while awaiting trial in the county juvenile shelter. Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Villano ruled earlier this month that reporters would not be allowed to attend the trial but ordered a daily report be released. Dr. Hydow Park, a forensic pathologist, testified yesterday that the elder Harms died from a stab wound to the heart. The of two brothers Authorities have yet to establish a motive or recover the weapon used in the shooting. All three men were inside the home when the argument broke out and continued outdoors at about 6 p.m., Stephanick said. Police and Ocean County the prior election for each individual candidate and ends 20 days after the current election. Vill made his request for an investigation public at a Township Committee meeting Monday night. Coulter accused Vill of using the request as a ploy to sway the results of the election. But she also See Primary, Page B2 ii As our community continues to grow and more residences become equipped with alarm systems, false alarms are becoming epidemic. Samuel DePasquale JACKSON DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY become equipped with alarm systems, false alarms are becoming epidemic." The Township Committee on Sept. 11 adopted an ordinance that would regulate alarms. Monday night, the committee is expected to amend the ordinance, eliminating the permit fees See Alarms, Page B2 boy stayed outside the court during Park's testimony, according to the court report. Testifying Monday were: Caren Niedermeier, Andrew Harms' fiancee and an eyewitness to the stabbing. Aaron Bremer of the Ocean County Sheriffs Department, about the 911 call Niedermeier placed the night of the stabbing. Dover Township Patrolman Kelly Conklin, one of the first officers to arrive. Conklin was present when Harms stopped breathing. Christopher Harms was outside the courtroom for Conklin's testimony. Dover Detective Guy Murray, who took Christopher Harms' statement at the scene, and Sheriffs Detectives Scott Frey and William Pozalante of the Criminal Investigation Unit, who testified about evidence collected. investigators are trying to determine what prompted the dispute and are waiting for the opportunity to talk to either of the two brothers about the shooting. Muniz is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a scr near his left eye.

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