Tips/Snippets: Conan off to Prison, New Westville Fire Chief, 400th Win for Coach, Bad/Good Economic News, Borings, County Jail, Air Stripper
BY BILL CLEARY
BYE CONAN, GOOD RIDDANCE-February 15, 2009 Gloucester City Police received a call that Christopher DeMunguia, 35, a suspect who was wanted on a $50,000 warrant for an Aggravated Assault charge, was sitting in a bar located on King Street. Gloucester City Patrolman Little and Patrolman Wall approached the male to place him under arrest and the male attempted to assault Little. DeMunguia, aka Conan, then assaulted Wall and a struggle ensued. DeMunguia was taken into custody in short order. After being treated at the hospital he was remanded to the Camden County Jail on $75,000 cash bail.
Four days later Superior Court Judge Thomas Brown reduced DeMunguia $75,000 full cash bail to 10% which allowed his immediate release from jail for the small amount of $7,500.
He was back in court last week for sentencing on the aggravated assault charge and for hitting the cops. DeMunguia, age 36, of Gloucester City, pleaded guilty January 12 to aggravated assault under a plea agreement that will see him serve at least four years and three months before becoming eligible for parole. In and out of prison most of his life he spent a total of 21 years behind bars.
Gloucester City Police Chief George Berglund said DeMunguia is a member of the Aryan Nation and the most dangerous type of criminal in society. "You can never turn your back on him. You can't blink," he said. "I'm glad he's going away."
Charles “Chuck” Murtaugh retired as chief of the Westville Fire Department on Jan. 1. Murtaugh, a volunteer since age 19 has held the title of Chief for 21 years. “I have no regrets,” says Murtaugh, whose 12-year assistant, Eric Farley, is his replacement. “I loved every minute of being chief.”
RAMS COACH GEDAKA 400th WIN-Gloucester Catholic’s Girls Basketball Coach Lisa Gedaka earned her 400th career win this past Friday as the Rams beat Pennsville 77-34. This is Gedaka 21st season at the helm. Her overall record for those 21 years is 400-130.
BAD ECONOMIC NEWS-Valero Energy Corp. reported to be trying to sell their Paulsboro Refinery. Valero employs 450 at its Paulsboro refinery. It had employed more, but about 100 workers there accepted voluntary retirement packages in the fall. In December the Sunoco Refinery in Westville shut down, 400 employees lost their jobs as a result.
Conrail Borings Project begins today (January 18) on the Conrail property which runs along Johnson Blvd. in Gloucester City. The boring work till take approximately two weeks to complete. If you have any questions please contact Malcolm Pirnie Inc, Dawn Post at 201-398-4432.
Wii the Library-The next "Wii Write" program will be held at the Gloucester City Library on Thursday, January 21 from 6:30 p.m. until about 8 p.m. The program is for students in grades 4-8. No advance sign-up is required. Take part in a fun writing project, have free refreshments and play with the Wii.
NEW COUNTY JAIL-Camden County officials in a news release issued over the weekend stated that a new private county jail will not be located at a controversial proposed site on Mt. Ephraim Avenue in Camden City. The county said a private jail will only be built in a Camden County town if the local governing body gives the OK. But if such a location cannot be found, the county said the new jail will go in downtown Camden City on the footprint of the existing facility. The county also announced that the private jail will consist of two buildings - a small maximum-security detention center and a large drug treatment and training center.
AIR STRIPPER TANKS – Towering over the Gloucester City Water Treatment Plant are two new air stripper tanks that will remove from water some 79 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) “from acetone to xylenes and everything in between,” said Department of Environmental Utilities Assistant Director Fred Schindler. When the tanks are on line, the drinking water will be pumped to the top and then float down through the filtration material at a rate of 1,200 gallons per minute. Also, 36,000 cubic feet of air per minute will be pumped in, he said. There will be an experimental run this April, and the dedication will be in June. The new water treatment system will use “the best technology known” and will be fully automated. The $10 million project will replace the current system built in 1883 “and still running today.” Schindler encouraged residents with questions about drinking water, or wastewater, to call the department at 456-0169. PHOTO BY CHUCK REED