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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A Somerset County fencing coach has been charged with sexually assaulting girls in Bridgewater.

Stephen Kovacs, 49, of Ridge Road in Watchung, has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two third-degree counts endangering the well-being of a child, Somerset County Attorney Michael H. Robertson said.

Kovacs is the owner and founder of Kaprica United Fencing Academy in Bridgewater and was also officially the Head Boys’ Fencing Coach at Ridge High School, according to his Facebook page and the Bernards Township School District website. He was also a fencing coach for Dukes University and previously for the Stevens Institute of Technology, according to Kovacs. LinkedIn page.

“I have no comment except that this person has not worked for the Bernards Township School District in any capacity since February 2021,” said Bernards Township School District Superintendent Nick Markarian.

On September 30, it was reported to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office that a 16-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by fencing instructor Kovacs.

As a result of that investigation, the girl disclosed incidents of sexual assault that took place in Bridgewater from August to September of this year.

On October 7, a 19-year-old girl also said she was sexually assaulted by fencing instructor Kovacs when she was 18, Robertson said.

As a result of that investigation, the girl said the sexual assaults took place in Bridgewater from January 2020 to December 2020, Robertson said.

Kovacs was arrested on October 13 at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office by detectives from the Sex Crimes / Child Abuse Unit without incident. Kovacs was taken to Somerset County Jail pending a bail hearing.

On Tuesday October 19, Kovacs was released from Somerset County Jail following his detention hearing.

A subsequent follow-up investigation revealed that Kovacs made false affidavits during his detention hearing. On Friday October 22, Kovacs was arrested at his home without incident by members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and charged with false fourth degree oaths.

Kovacs was taken to Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with information relating to the sexual assault is urged to contact the Sex Crimes Unit of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-231-7100 or the Township of Bridgewater Police Department at 908-722-4111 or via the STOPit application.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers information line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stoppers advice will be kept confidential.

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Students Sexually Affected By Somerville Driving Instructor: Police https://BellaKnitting.com/students-sexually-affected-by-somerville-driving-instructor-police/ Mon, 26 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/students-sexually-affected-by-somerville-driving-instructor-police/

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Somerville driving instructor has been charged with sexually touching students during driving sessions in surrounding towns, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Steven Collucci, 59, of N. Clark Avenue in Somerville, who was working as a driving instructor at Dill’s Driving School at 205 W Main St. in Somerville at the time of the crimes, has been charged with two counts of contact sexual criminal in the second degree. . Collucci no longer works at the driving school.

In June 2020, a student, who was 16 at the time, reported to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office that while driving in the Bridgewater and Hillsborough area in June 2017 during a driving school instruction , the child was sexually touched. way by Collucci, said Robertson.

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In January 2021, a second student, also 16 at the time, reported that during an instruction session at a driving school in February 2019 in the New Brunswick region, the child also been sexually touched by Collucci, Robertson said.

Last Thursday, Collucci was arrested without incident at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and charged with two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual contact.

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Collucci was taken to Somerset County Jail.

Anyone with information relating to such sexual contact is urged to contact Detective Reyes of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-575-3371. All calls will be kept confidential. Information can also be relayed via the STOPit application.

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]]> West Brunswick High JROTC instructor named North Carolina School Hero https://BellaKnitting.com/west-brunswick-high-jrotc-instructor-named-north-carolina-school-hero/ Thu, 04 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/west-brunswick-high-jrotc-instructor-named-north-carolina-school-hero/

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The success of the JROTC program at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte rests on the shoulders of its leader, retired 82nd Airborne Ranger Jeff Clendenin.

“It’s kind of a change from being a warrior to being a teacher,” said Col. Joseph Calisto, a colleague at the school. “He has quite a heritage. He is genuine and he has the ability to innovate and create a learning environment like no other.

Clendenin, who retired as a first sergeant after 23 years in the U.S. military, helps his students find scholarship opportunities, mentors them, provides enlistment advice, and keeps abreast of certifications such as “tree climbing course instructor” just to keep things interesting for the kids.

His daughter, Jennifer Hatley, says he defines the word “hero” because “he is always ready to give you the shirt off his back and he continually pushes and strives for excellence in all areas. of his life”.

“Our program would be pale in comparison without it,” Calisto added. “He made the difference between success and mediocrity. He is truly a role model for all of us.

Clendenin’s dedication to excellence for his JROTC students led to his selection as one of the 10 North Carolina Education Lottery School Heroes program winners. He said he didn’t just want to see his students graduate, he wanted to see them reach their full potential.

The Education Lottery created the NC School Heroes program to showcase the positive impacts teachers, principals and other school workers have every day in public schools. Parents, teachers and community members submitted more than 4,900 applications from people making a difference in their schools.

The School Hero and his school receive a prize of $ 10,000.

Clendenin said he plans to take a trip to Hawaii to visit a former student. Jonathan Pascal, principal of the school, said the school plans to use the money to improve the JROTC program.

“Teachers and school staff have all stepped up for our children in these unprecedented times,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the NC Education Lottery. “The 10 school heroes selected this year provide a glimpse into the world of these everyday heroes and we are happy to highlight their excellent work. “

The money raised by the lottery helps many of these school heroes, including $ 386 million this school year which supports the work of school support staff such as office assistants and guards. Additional funds will help build and repair schools, support the NC Pre-K program for ‘at risk’ four-year-olds, provide scholarships and grants based on financial need, and meet financial needs. school transport needs.

]]> Student pilot and instructor slightly injured after single-engine plane crash at Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough https://BellaKnitting.com/student-pilot-and-instructor-slightly-injured-after-single-engine-plane-crash-at-central-jersey-regional-airport-in-hillsborough/ Wed, 25 Nov 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/student-pilot-and-instructor-slightly-injured-after-single-engine-plane-crash-at-central-jersey-regional-airport-in-hillsborough/

A 70-year-old student pilot and his 73-year-old instructor crashed a single-engine plane as they attempted to land at Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough on Tuesday afternoon at around 4:17 p.m., police said. The airport is located off Millstone River Road and has a runway.

The aircraft crashed on the west side of the runway after hitting a tree and then flipped onto its roof. said the police. Student James Finley of Hopatcong and instructor Lorraine Denby of Berkeley Heights both reported minor injuries. Finley refused medical treatment at the scene. Denby was treated at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Somerset and was released.

Police said the plane crash was currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

First responders at the scene included the Hillsborough Township Police Department, Hillsborough Township Fire Department Stations 37 and 38, Hillsborough Township Emergency Management Office, RWJ Somerset Emergency Team . Manville Police Department and Somerset County Hazardous Materials Team.

The crash is the second incident to have occurred at the airport in the past week. On November 18, a small plane deviated from a runway and overturned while attempting to land. Two people were on board this aircraft, a single-engine Cessna 172.

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City Knits instructor doesn’t have such a “perfect” approach https://BellaKnitting.com/city-knits-instructor-doesnt-have-such-a-perfect-approach/ Fri, 17 May 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/city-knits-instructor-doesnt-have-such-a-perfect-approach/

While every yarn store offers irresistible fibers in a variety of colors, textures and weights, it wasn’t until my very insightful interview with Amy Houghtalin of City Knits that I realized why some are so popular. by knitters and crocheters than others.

It’s not just about the exquisite yarn that fills their shelves, but also their method of teaching individuals how to handle fabric yarn. Beginning knitters and crocheters learn best how to turn yarn into something practical and amazing from instructors who are not only good at their craft, but also have a more philosophical approach to teaching.

Houghtalin has been the manager of City Knits, 26050 Crocker, Harrison Township, for 10 years, and she is “obsessed” with teaching hand and machine knitting. It’s this obsession, combined with a relaxed attitude about tailoring, that makes a huge difference.

Elaine Clark, resident of Grosse Pointe, former student of Houghtalin, said: “Amy is a great teacher. And like all gifted teachers, she attracts enthusiastic students to her lessons.

Sanquhar patterned knitted gloves, personalized for couples, by Amy Houghtalin, director of City Knits at Harrison Twp.

Houghtalin, who lives in Harper Woods, said: “I would love to find a way to keep the local yarn stores as a resource that people can go to for instructions, because although you can buy yarn anywhere – Internet, in person, from each other’s hiding places, (etc.) – we need a place where people can learn.

“I don’t know how the institution of these professions will continue at the same level of expertise. But, at the same time as I say expertise, I don’t think there is a single way for people to enjoy tailoring. Sometimes the everyday knitter just needs the relaxation of our hands to create something (isn’t that the truth!). I think better and hear better when I have something I’m working on. “

Amy Houghtalin, director of City Knits at Harrison Twp., Works on a hybrid-knit litrikur patterned scarf on a knitting machine.

She believes it is “human nature to need to create” to escape the daily grind of working life and engagement. “I think there’s a part of us that just needs an outlet, and maybe it’s an art form or a relaxation technique.”

Houghtalin, a self-taught knitter who “watched a bit of Youtube” during her learning process, said: “I teach a lot of machine knitting now, and I can teach people to spot their mistakes with all my years of fighting for it. ”