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Cash Spilled on New Jersey Highway; Man Sentenced in Deadly Road Rage; 4 Charged in Wrestling Hazing
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 12/13/18 3:58 pm | updated: 12/13/18 4:08 pm
An armored truck spilled cash on a New Jersey highway on Thursday morning, 12/13, causing multiple accidents as people got out of their cars to grab the money. It happened around 8:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Route 3 in East Rutherford near MetLife Stadium. Video posted on social media shows the cash scattered across the lanes and blowing down the highway. Motorists stopped in the middle of the highway to pick up the bills. The chaos led to several accidents. Authorities are investigating. Anyone with information or video of the incident is urged to police at 201-438-0165.

A Delaware County man who pled guilty to shooting and killing a teenager last year in a road rage incident in Chester County was sentenced on Thursday, 12/13, to 20 - 40 years in prison. He faced a maximum of 45 years. In June 2017, 28-year-old David Desper of Trainer shot and killed 18-year-old Bianca Roberson as the two jockeyed for position while merging onto Rt. 202 South from Rt. 100 East in West Goshen Township. Roberson had just graduated from Bayard Rustin High School and was looking forward to going to college. In a statement read in court, Biana's father, Rodney Roberson, said, “My questions for the defendant are simple. Why in God's name did you shoot my daughter? Because she was young? Because she was black? Because she was a girl? Because you wanted to go first on the road? Because you had a bad day?” You can read his full statement below.

Four students are facing charges following an alleged hazing incident involving a South Jersey high school wrestling team. The four juveniles are charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, criminal restraint, hazing, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and related offenses. It involved members of the Arthur P. Schalick High School Wrestling Team in the Pittsgrove Township School District. The Salem County Prosecutor's Office says the students allegedly stripped the victim down in a shower area, restrained him, and then threatened to assault the victim with a broomstick. The incident remains under investigation.

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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 12/13 4:08 pm
Dear Judge Wheatcraft,

My name is Rodney Roberson. I am, and forever will be, the father of Bianca Roberson.

Everybody thinks I am a tough guy. I was raised in West Philadelphia. I enlisted in the United States Army, served honorably, then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and served honorably again. When I finished my service with the Marines, I returned to West Philly, but I quickly saw that there was nothing but trouble there. I then joined the United States Merchant Marines, where I have worked for the last 28 years. We move big ships around the country and world. My work is hard, but it is honest work. So maybe I am a tough guy.

But not when it came to Bianca. She was my youngest child, my baby. She always could make me smile and make life a little brighter.

Let me tell you about my little girl. Bianca was a child who was always happy, and she brought that joy to everyone around her. With adults, she was shy and respectful. With her friends, she was kind, gentle, and funny. To me, she was the smartest and most beautiful young woman in the world.

When you are a father, you laugh at your sons, but you worry about your daughters. Who will be there to protect them when you are not around? Will they always be safe? What can you do to make sure they don't get hurt? Nothing hurts a dad more than his daughter's tears.
Bianca was hard-working and generous. She got a job at the McDonald's on Gay Street in West Chester. I would go there to eat just to see her working, proud that she had a job. She would whisper to me, "Dad, you have to go home!" But I would just sit and watch her working, smiling at my little girl. Then, when she got her first paycheck, she insisted on taking me out to dinner, just to say thank you for being her father. I told her that I would pay, but she refused, her quiet way of telling me she loved me and that she was growing up.

My wife and I decided to raise Bianca in Chester County because it was safe. We didn't want to risk the violence of West Philadelphia. We wanted her to grow up around nice people in a nice place.

We wanted everything for Bianca. I wanted her to go to college, something I never got to do. She was going to Jacksonville University on a scholarship, ready to study crime scene forensics. I wanted her to graduate and get a good job, working in an office and getting paid good money without breaking her back working on the docks. I wanted her to fall in love, get married, and then have kids. She always told me that she was going to have six kids -- three boys and three girls. I wanted to live long enough to spoil my grandchildren.

All my dreams for Bianca were coming true. Until the day that the defendant murdered by daughter.

My questions for the defendant are simple. Why in God's name did you shoot my daughter? Because she was young? Because she was black? Because she was a girl? Because you wanted to go first on the road? Because you had a bad day?

How do you think your family would feel if somebody had murdered you like you murdered my daughter?

All I have left of Bianca is my memories. She had a special song that she said was her song just for me - "Dancing With My Father" by Luther Vandross. It is a song about a child whose father died, and about how that child is praying for one more dance with her father. I always teased her that it was such a sad song and I planned on living forever anyway. Here is a little bit of the song:

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high

And dance with my mother and me
And then
Spin me around 'till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure
I was loved
If I could get another chance
Another walk
Another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
How I'd love love love
To dance with my father again

Your Honor, I would love to dance with my daughter again. But I never will.

Rodney Roberson


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