By Leigh Anne Hubbs
Gloucester City News
During April’s Board of Commissioners Meeting, Mount Ephraim Police Chief Edward Dobleman announced the arrest of Bryan C. Bartley of Gloucester City for seven robberies of the CVS on Black Horse Pike over the past year.
Bartley, 24, robbed the store by passing a demand note to a pharmacy counter employee requesting certain CDS and stating that he was armed, sometimes even displaying a firearm, Dob-leman said.
An investigation led by Sgt. Brian Conte resulted in the arrest of Bartley; neighboring towns are now looking into the suspect for similar incidents.
In other news, the borough has hired a new police officer; Kyle Ambrozaitis was sworn in by Commissioner Andrew Gilmore as a Class II Special Officer.
The Police Department was congratulated on an excellent job handling a hostage situation on April 4, as the suspect held his ex-wife against her will and claimed to have a shotgun. The suspect was arrested without injury to anyone involved.
During March, the Police Department received 489 calls, issued 415 motor vehicle summons, and made 41 arrests – four of which were juvenile arrests; two arsons, one burglary and one shoplifting.
Mayor Joseph Wolk said there will not be a municipal tax increase this year thanks to cooperation from union and non-union employees. The budget will be presented at next month’s meeting.
Commissioner Bruce Greenwald said the borough recycled over 95,000 pounds last month and reminded residents that the more they recycle, the more the bough saves in trash tonnage costs.
Public Works has been busy repairing potholes. Residents can make reports to the Pothole Hotline at 856-931-2529.
On Saturday, April 30, Kings Highway will be closed from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the Fourth Annual Craft, Car and Motorcycle Show which will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The next Commissioners’ meeting will be Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. in Borough Hall.