Miss New Jersey describes “out-of-body” experience on Miss America stage

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel had 657 pending notifications on her Facebook page Monday morning after competing in the 2018 Miss America Competition. They were all messages congratulating her on an outstanding performance Sunday night on national television. Schoeffel, 24, of Egg Harbor Township, was the second runner-up of 51 contestants, behind only Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis and Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, who was crowned Miss America 2018. Close 1 of 94 Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned the new Miss America 2018. Sunday Sept 10, 2017. (Vern Ogrodnek / Press of Atlantic City) Vern Ogrodnek/ Staff Photographer Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned the new Miss America 2018. Sunday Sept 10, 2017. (Vern Ogrodnek / Press of Atlantic City) Vern Ogrodnek/ Staff Photographer Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned the new Miss America 2018. Sunday Sept 10, 2017. (Vern Ogrodnek / Press of Atlantic City) Vern Ogrodnek/ Staff Photographer Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, of Egg Harbor Township, makes the Top 15 in the Miss America Pageant on Sunday. Vern Ogrodnek / Staff Photographer Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, of Egg Harbor Township, said she felt like she was dreaming as she continued to advance during Sunday night’s finals in Atlantic City. More photos onA2. VernON Ogrodnek / MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now The Top 15 contestants come out early in the show that started at 9 p.m. on ABC. Miss America Pageant 2018 held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Sunday Sept 10, 2017. (Vern Ogrodnek / Press of Continue Reading

Miss America Cara Mund hits the Atlantic City beach for traditional “toe dip”

ATLANTIC CITY — Just 12 hours after being crowned, North Dakota’s Cara Mund dipped her toes in the Atlantic Ocean, signifying the beginning of her coast-to-coast year of service as Miss America 2018.Crowds gathered at Kennedy Plaza and on the beach in front of Boardwalk Hall, waiting for her to arrive Monday morning.Patty Friel and her friends donned tiaras and swimsuit T-shirts during their morning bike ride and cheered for the new Miss America. Calling themselves the “bike chain gang,” Friel and friends said they ride their bikes on the Atlantic City Boardwalk every Monday and make a special stop each year at the celebratory Miss America toe dip. 1 of 40 1 Buy Now Miss America 2018 Ocean Dip Vernon Ogrodnek / Multimedia Editor Sep 11, 2017 Miss America 2018 Cara Mund and Liberty Simon, of Charlottesville, Virginia, throw kisses to Liberty’s mom while on the beach Monday in front 2 Watch video of the Miss America on the beach Sep 11, 2017 Miss America 2018 Cara Mund makes the traditional trip to the beach for the toe dip and meets fans. 3 Buy Now Miss America 2018 Ocean Dip Vernon Ogrodnek / Multimedia Editor Sep 11, 2017 Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, of North Dakota, hits the beach and ocean for the traditional ocean dip in front of Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, Monday, Sept. 11, 2018. 4 Buy Now Miss America 2018 Ocean Dip Vernon Ogrodnek / Multimedia Editor Sep 11, 2017 Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, of North Dakota, hits the beach and ocean for the traditional ocean dip in front of Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, Monday, Sept. 11, 2018. 5 Miss America 2018 Ocean Dip Vernon Ogrodnek / Multimedia Editor Sep 11, 2017 Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, of North Dakota, is greeted by Lynzy Simon, of Charlottesville, VA, while on the beach for Continue Reading

Body buried under concrete in Georgia belongs to missing Florida journalist: police

Human remains dug up from beneath a concrete slab in a Georgia backyard were positively identified as the body of a missing newspaper journalist from Florida. Using dental records and facial bone CT scans, the body unearthed Monday, buried in a plastic container, was identified as 30-year-old Sean Dugas, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday, CNN reported. The former reporter for the Pensacola News Journal hadn't been heard from since late August. Dugas died from blunt force trauma to the back of the head, an autopsy shows. Cops arrested twin brothers Christopher and William Cormier, 31, on Tuesday. They were charged with concealing a death, but additional charges haven't been ruled out. The body was found at the house of the Cormiers' father in Winder, Ga., where the twins were staying. A tip led cops to the home, according to the Pensacola, Fla. Police Department, which is working on the case with Winder authorities. Jackson County Sheriff's Office/AP Twin brothers Christopher (l.) and William Cormier, who have been charged with concealing a death and were living at the home where the body was found. Uncredited/ASSOCIATED PRESS A crew excavates a body from beneath a slab of concrete in a Georgia backyard. Police are still investigating how Dugas wound up in Georgia. The journalist may have met the Cormiers in a comic book store in Pensacola, according to the Pensacola News Journal. Dugas was reported missing in September after he missed a lunch date with a female friend. After repeated attempts to get in touch with him, she went to his apartment, which was empty except for a television, Capt. David Alexander of the Pensacola Police Department said. A neighbor told the woman she had seen a man moving things into a U-Haul truck on Sept. 3. The neighbor asked about Dugas, and the man said Dugas had been beaten and was moving in with him, according to Alexander. Uncredited/ASSOCIATED PRESS The body was Continue Reading

Auburn stuns Florida during upset-filled day

Click here to play College Football Pick'emCollege Football: Top 25 ScoreboardGAINESVILLE, Fla. - On a day filled with upsets, Auburn turned in one of the biggest. Freshman Wes Byrum kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tigers to a 20-17 victory over fourth-ranked Florida last night. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the defending national champions and gave the Gators their first home loss under coach Urban Meyer. They had won 18 in a row, 17 straight since Meyer took over in 2005. It also might have jeopardized Florida's chances of repeating. Then again, with all the other upsets yesterday, the Gators surely won't slip too far out of the picture. Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC) could take a big step back next week at No. 2 LSU. But if the Gators perform like they did yesterday, they could be in for another long day. Auburn (3-2, 1-1) played sound defense, prevented Tim Tebow & Co. from making many big plays and took advantage of several mistakes to build a 14-0 lead at halftime. It was 17-3 before Florida evened the game with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. But Auburn came up big in the closing minutes. Byrum attempted the winning kick just as Meyer called timeout. The kick was true, but Byrum had to do it again. He did, and it was right down the middle. "I was pretty excited," said Byrum, who missed his only attempt last week against New Mexico State. "I had a rough week last week. I wanted to make sure I came back. "It doesn't get any better than that." The Tigers rushed the field to celebrate and performed the "Gator Chomp" everywhere in front of 90,685 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gators were stunned - much like No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 7 Texas, No. 10 Rutgers and No. 13 Clemson were after they were handed their first losses yesterday. "We couldn't get first downs and we couldn't get the defense off the field," Meyer said. "That's the first time this season we've been put in that position. "It's very Continue Reading

Finding a new Florida

Photo Gallery: Laid-back Florida There's no better way to beat the winter blues than with a quick trip down to Florida, and you won't find many New Yorkers arguing it - of the 77 million travelers who visited the Sunshine State in 2005, 11.9 % were from New York. But where to spend the weekend? Miami's got nightlife and dining, and Orlando's great for family fun, but sometimes all you need on a winter getaway is sand, surf and a few good meals. For a lower-key escape, consider two Florida destinations that might not be on your radar. FINDING YOUR WAY TO DELRAY Nestled between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach was once another sleepy Florida beach town in need of a face-lift. But with recent revitalization efforts attracting hip, new establishments and clientele, it's becoming a hot spot without tons of attitude. Accessible from either West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale airports, Delray is located off the A1A, Florida's historic two-lane ocean highway. Atlantic Ave., its mile-long main drag, cuts west right off the beach and is where you'll find all manner of shops, boutiques, restaurants, galleries and accommodations. "Delray is a quaint town where you can do everything or nothing," says former New Yorker Meridith Morrow-Binette, daughter of legendary disk jockey "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, who has lived in Delray for 10 years. She and her husband own East Coast Tees and Sunglasses on Atlantic Ave. "You don't need a car because everything is within walking distance." Delray has a gorgeous public beach, and if you want to stay right on the water, the Delray Beach Marriott has pristine views, restaurants, two pools and the new N. Reagan Spa (no connection to the former First Lady). Rooms start at $229. For old-school Florida digs with matching personality, try the Colony Hotel & Cabana Club (starting at $185), a historic landmark dating from 1926, or Cranes Beach House (starting at $219), a gorgeous gem with tropical-themed suites and Continue Reading

Swindal suit a swing & miss

The secrets to the Yankee kingdom shall remain a secret, a Florida judge has ruled. A Florida judge blocked Steve Swindal, who is in the midst of a divorce from Jennifer Steinbrenner, from trying to get testimony and documents about the team's finances from Yankee officials. Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Fernandez sided with the Boss' eldest daughter, ruling that Swindal's subpoenas are not relevant to his divorce case. Swindal, a Yankee general partner, filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court this month, seeking to take depositions from officials with the team, its television network, the YankeeNets partnership and Yankee Stadium LLC. The subpoenas sought all financial documents related to the companies, from January 2004 to the present. But lawyers for Jennifer Steinbrenner successfully argued that the "highly improper" subpoenas in New York would needlessly slow the case in Florida, where she filed for divorce in March, just weeks after her husband of 23 years was busted for allegedly driving drunk. "The proposed subpoenas are worse than a search warrant because they would give Stephen Swindal a license to rummage through all the files of all of these organizations," attorney Melvyn Frumkes wrote in court papers filed last week. Frumkes wrote in court papers that Swindal "jumped the gun" when he "opened a second front in New York" by trying to get a look at records not directly related to his job. Lawyers for Swindal and Steinbrenner did not return calls. Yankee spokesman Howard Rubenstein declined to comment on the divorce, other than to confirm Fernandez's ruling.In June 2005, Swindal had been tapped as the team's heir apparent, with George Steinbrenner conceding that it was time to bring the "young elephants into the tent."Swindal, 52, was sidelined after splitting with his wife, with whom he has two children. Since then, the couple has sold a lakefront home in Culver, Ind., while agreeing to sell homes in Tampa and Continue Reading

Body of missing ex-White House chef found in New Mexico mountains

Searchers found the body of a former White House chef who vanished more than a week ago on a solo hike through New Mexico mountains. Authorities did not release 61-year-old Walter Scheib’s cause of death. The body of Scheib — who cooked for Presidents Clinton and Bush, their families and their White House guests between 1994 and 2005 — was found Sunday night just off a hiking trail in Taos, N.M. He was last seen on June 13 when he set off for a hike through the Taos Ski Valley. When he didn’t come home, his girlfriend reported him missing the next day. Taos police found his vehicle Tuesday parked at the Yerba Canyon trailhead. On Thursday, police traced his cell phone to a remote peak in the New Mexico range. First lady Hillary Clinton hired Scheib, a 1979 graduate of New York's Culinary Institute of America, in April 1994.He continued cooking for President Bush, and he was known for refocusing the White House kitchen on distinctly American cuisine with seasonal ingredients and contemporary flavors. During his decade in the White House, he was responsible for preparing everything from First Family meals to formal State Dinners. Scheib, who recently moved from Florida to New Mexico, left the White House in 2005 and worked as a food consultant and speaker. With News Wire Services ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


THE GUN USED to kill Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui could have been seized more than four years before his slaying - but the weapon eluded a crackdown on expired pistol permits, authorities said yesterday. A Westchester County detective searched for the .357-caliber handgun in 2001 after its permit - issued to slaying suspect Steven Armento's father in the 1960s - expired. But an unidentified detective closed the case after learning that Armento's dad, James, had moved to Florida, where he died in 1999, said Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Belfiore. Possessing the weapon in Florida without a permit was not illegal, given the state's more lenient gun laws. But the location of the gun was never tracked down until it allegedly was used by accused cop killer Steven Armento in December. Armento, 48, allegedly fired the unlicensed gun at Enchautegui when the cop tried to stop him and "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato, 29, from breaking into his neighbor's apartment on Dec. 10. Belfiore would not criticize the now retired Westchester detective who investigated the expired gun permit. But he said if the same investigation were conducted today, cops would be required to alert Florida authorities about the gun. Westchester County has significantly stepped up efforts to confiscate guns with expired permits over the past year, Belfiore said. In 2005, cops tracked down 1,200 guns, compared to just 24 in 2004. "We realized the problem and we were working hard to do the best we can," he said. "We've made some dramatic improvements." [email protected] Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Former White House chef missing for nearly a week in rugged New Mexico mountains after leaving for day hike

A desperate search is on for a former White House chef after the 61-year-old man went missing nearly a week ago in a rugged stretch of New Mexico mountains. Walter Scheib, who spent 1994 to 2005 cooking up meals for Presidents Clinton and Bush, was last seen Saturday after heading into the wilderness at the Taos Ski Valley. He was reported missing after he never showed for a meeting with his girlfriend on Monday. Authorities found his car Tuesday evening at the Yerba Canyon trail head, the Taos News reported. Search and rescue teams couldn’t begin until the next day because of a lack of light and have come up empty ever since. Rescuers are using dogs and horses to comb through the rocky terrain. Little is known about where he was headed, and for how long, but searchers fear he was ill-prepared for an extended stay outside. And recent bad weather may have scrubbed the trails of any sign of the missing chef. “He had, at best, a very light jacket, and hiking shoes — more like running shoes — for the wilderness as opposed to real hiking boots,” incident commander Richard Goldstein told KRQE-TV. “And we’re not aware of any other gear that he had. He may have had a water bottle with him.” Scheib had recently moved to the Taos area from Florida after his 11 years serving up presidential platters. He wrote a book of the experience called “White House Chef: 11 years, two presidents, one kitchen.” And the skilled personal chef had appeared on shows like Iron Chef and maintains a blog detailing his charity work with children aspiring to cook. In an interview with the website “Munchies,” Scheib admitted that Hillary Clinton was a huge fan of his during his years serving the Clinton White House. He said he’d consider a return to the presidential kitchen if Clinton were elected in the 2016 election. “Well, I mean, of course if the Continue Reading

SEE IT: Man accuses uniformed guy at Florida bar of pretending to be in the Army in alleged stolen valor (WARNING – GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

A guy decked out in military garb at a Florida bar got called out by another patron who accused him of pretending to be an infantryman so he could pick up chicks. In footage shared by Eric Coins, a young man in civilian clothes quizzes a swaggering older man wearing fatigues at a watering hole in Sunrise, near Miami, in the latest alleged case of stolen valor — false claims about time served in the military. The uniformed man gets aggressive after being asked where he did his boot camp, why his uniform doesn’t have a name badge and whether he has a Geneva Conventions Identification Card in the profanity-laced video. The two-minute video starts with the man claiming to have served with the 10th Mountain Division infantry but struggling to name where he completed training, mumbling that he did it “in North Carolina.” But some women in the group sitting next to the uniformed man take up cause for him, asking the questioner if he had ever served. The group laughs when the questioner admits he’s never been in the military. Not to be deterred, the young man asks about the lack of an identifying name badge on the uniform. One woman intervenes to ask the questioner why he doesn’t just “get it over with” and perform oral sex on the older man. The guy wearing military wear high fives her and attempts to account for the missing piece of his supposed uniform. “I took it out,” the guy says. “You know why I took it out? I don’t want nobody to know my name.” A woman tries to “call time out,” but the older man moves at his questioner. “Are you a cop?” he asks. His questioner reminds him that the U.S. Army Infantry School is located at Fort Benning, Ga. “You realize what you’re doing is a federal offense, right?” the young man asks, later querying about a basic ID card required of all active duty personnel. Continue Reading