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November 2011

GCPD Kept Busy over 19 Days with Bar Brawl, Drug Raid, Illegal Drug Pos., Burglaries, Vandals, 12 Domestic Violence Cases, 23 Car Accidents

PLUS MORE.......... Gloucester City Police Dept. Crime Report November 10 through November 29 On 11/10/11 at 8:40 p.m. Karen Little, 46, a resident of Deptford, was arrested in the 300 block of Sherman Street for possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia. On 11/11/11 at 12:06 a.m. officers responded to C.W. Clarke Auto Sales for a burglary alarm activation. Upon arrival the officers observed a lower window on one of the garage doors had been smashed. The incident was recorded on surveillance video. The investigation is ongoing. On 11/11/11 at 2:39 a.m. an officer on patrol observed a woman sitting in a parked car on Essex Street at Brown Street. When the officer approached the woman he observed two baggies of crack cocaine in the driver’s door armrest. Jacqueline Burdick, 25, a resident of Sayerville was arrested for possession of CDS. On 11/11/11 at 9:00 a.m. an... Read more →

Ferry Golf Outing a

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-The 5th Annual Jim E Ferry Sr. golf outing with all proceeds going to the Gloucester City P.A.L was held earlier this year at Freeway Golf Course was a huge success. Pictured above are the winners. Below is the the foursome with the highest score. Trophies were presented by Ken MacAdams (Chairman) and Ted Howarth (President P.A.L) This years winners were Steve and Greg Ferry, Scott Banks and Mike Flanagan. Highest score belongs to Frank Kunane,Bob McQuillan, Bill and Chad Rettiq Related articles The Williams Family of Gloucester City Hold Family ( Gloucester City GOP Accepting Candidate ( Turkey Day Memories ( Read more →


MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -- Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Florence Township Police Chief Stephen Fazekas announced today that a Florence Township Municipal Court official has been arrested for using court-collected funds for personal expenses. Tracey A. Verduchi, age 48, of 2042 Old York Road in Burlington Township, N.J., was charged with one count of Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received. Verduchi, the Deputy Court Administrator, resigned on November 18. She was taken into custody November 23 at her residence. She was released after posting 10 percent of the $10,000 bail that was set by the Hon. Bonnie Goldman, the presiding municipal court judge for Burlington County. Verduchi was responsible for collecting funds for bail, fines and other costs assessed by the municipal court. She was required to transport the funds to the bank for deposit within 48 hours of taking possession. An audit determined... Read more →

Philadelphia Police Arrest 52 Protestors

Philadelphia, November 30, 2011 – Early this morning, Philadelphia police, working with a variety of City agencies, cleared a group of protestors from Dilworth Plaza who refused to leave the Occupy Philadelphia encampment to make way for a $50 million remake of the plaza on the west side of City Hall. According to the Philadelphia Police Department, police officers made a total of 52 arrests – one at Dilworth Plaza; 6 at 15th and Market, 44 at 15th and Hamilton, and one at Broad and Race. Mayor Nutter addressed the media after the encampment was dismantled. His edited comments follow: The Dilworth occupation is over and that came as a result of a tremendously well-planned and well-executed operation by the Philadelphia Police Department in coordination with a number of other agencies, including the Managing Director’s Office, the Office of Emergency Management, the Street’s Department, Septa and a number of other... Read more →

Carneys Point Police Chief Dies

Carneys Point Police Chief Edumund Spinelli, Jr., died suddenly last night of natural causes. The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police released the following statement today. "It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Carneys Point Police Chief Edmund Spinelli, Jr. His sudden death came overnight at his home of natural causes. He was 45. Chief Spinelli began his career in law enforcement in 1988 as a member of the New Jersey State Police. In 1990, he transferred to the Penns Grove Police Department, where he served in both the Patrol and Detective divisions. He then transferred to the Carneys Point Police Department in 1996, where he also served in the Patrol and Detective divisions. Ed took over as Carneys Point Township's sixth chief of police in 2006." Information regarding arrangements will be passed along when received. Read more →

Philadelphia Police and FBI Seek Help Locating Bank Robber

The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the robbery of the Wells Fargo Branch located at 340 S. 2nd Street earlier today. (see photo below) At approximately 10:30 a.m., the subject entered the bank and presented a threatening demand note to a teller. After obtaining cash, the subject fled the area of the bank on foot and was last seen headed east on Pine Street. The subject is described as a white male in his 20s, 5’4” tall, thin build, clean shaven, wearing a red Phillies baseball cap, sunglasses and a black “puffy” jacket. This subject is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department or the FBI at 215-418-4000. There may be a reward for information leading to this subject’s capture, and tipsters can remain anonymous. A photograph from... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Schools Bring Back Full-Day Kindergarten

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News The Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) voted to reinstate full day kindergarten beginning in September 2012 during its recent meeting. The School District has not had a full-day kindergarten program since the 2009-10 school year. Superintendent Joseph Rafferty said the full day kindergarten improves students’ readiness for the primary grades. Another positive is not only will it attract “school choice” families, but will also help to retain in-district families who are seeking a full-day program for their children, he said. Although the change back to full day will require a second kindergarten teacher, it will not cost residents any additional taxes because the position will be created by dissolving the Behavior Disabilities (BD) classroom. The two students currently in the BD program will be accommodated accordingly, Rafferty said. In other news, School Board members proudly announced that the district has been recognized... Read more →

ObamaCare’s Medicaid Burden'

In commentary on the National Review Online, Marc Siegel outlines the costly Medicaid burden that ObamaCare imposes on states. "In fact, some argue that the mandated Medicaid spending is unconstitutional: In the forthcoming Supreme Court case that is best known for addressing the individual mandate, 26 states are also protesting the law’s Medicaid expansion, arguing that it will coerce them into assuming unworkable financial burdens. Is it any wonder that states are already responding to ObamaCare’s 'maintenance of effort' clause and the anticipated 2014 expansion by cutting services? Of course, many of the cuts are unjust and bureaucratic and arbitrary." On the Heartland Institute, Marc Kilmer discusses the accounting tricks in the health care overhaul that were exposed by the CLASS Act. "A possible reason for the opposition of Waxman and others to repeal of CLASS is that it removes a key way Obama’s law improved the fiscal situation of... Read more →

FBI — Arthur E. Morgan III Arrested for Alleged Involvement in Death of His Daughter

Fugitive N.J. Man Arrested in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter Arthur E. Morgan III was arrested Tuesday in San Diego, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. He wanted for his alleged involvement in the death of his 2-year-old daughter. On November 22, 2011, the body of a 2-year-old child, still strapped in her car seat, was found partially submerged in a stream in Shark River Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Morgan was supposed to return the child to her mother on November 21 following a custody visit. When Morgan failed to return the child, he was charged in the Ocean County Superior Court with endangering the welfare of a child and interference with child custody, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest. Once the child’s body was discovered, Morgan was charged with homicide. See poster | Wanted by the FBI Read more →

Iraq War Veteran Shoots Alabama Deputy Sheriff

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Iraq war veteran shot an Alabama deputy sheriff in the face during a police stop minutes after a convenience store robbery late Monday, and then led police on a chase into Tennessee, where an officer was wounded during a shootout with the suspect, authorities said Tuesday. PHOTO: (Joseph Scott Shriver, 23, of Lincoln County, Tenn., is seen in an undated photo provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Dept. Shriver is suspected of shooting and wounding two law enforcement officers, one on each side of the Tennessee-Alabama border, during a police chase after a convenience store robbery early Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Shriver was charged with two counts of attempted murder, evading arrest and possession of a firearm.) Joseph Scott Shriver, 23, who gave a Lincoln County, Tenn., address but also had a Texas driver's license, was charged in Tennessee with two counts of attempted murder,... Read more →

Pine Hill Police Needs Help with ID Hit and Run

The Gloucester Township Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in obtaining information related to a motor vehicle crash in the Borough of Pine Hill. The Pine Hill Police Detective Bureau and Traffic Unit are attempting to identify the vehicles involved in the hit and run motor vehicle crash on November 23rd at approximately 6:28PM in the area of 159 Berlin-Cross Keys Road, that resulted in a 10 year old male being stuck twice. The child is currently in critical, but stable condition. Investigating officers are continuing to review surveillance video from area businesses and NJDOT cameras. The Pine Hill Police Department is requesting assistance identifying the following vehicles: -Gray or silver mini-van last seen headed south on Berlin-Cross Keys Road towards Gloucester Twp. -Conversion van, light gray over dark gray or black two toned with a rear ladder going to roof and mounted spare tire. This vehicle was last... Read more →

How about a dozen dog collars?

Image via Wikipedia Running out of holiday gift ideas for the person who has everything? How about a dozen dog collars? It’s OK if the person you’re buying for doesn’t have 12 dogs - or even one. The collars are actually for The Seeing Eye. We raise more than 400 puppies each year. That’s a lot of dog collars! Your gift today will support our mission of training the world’s best guide dogs and partnering them with people who are blind or visually impaired. Your contribution – from $20 to $25,000 – can make a life-changing difference in someone’s life. A Seeing Eye® dog allows a blind person to travel independently and confidently, whether their destination is a college campus, a busy office, or the nearest supermarket. So, as you check off your holiday ‘to-do’ list, consider a contribution to The Seeing Eye. You can be The Seeing Eye’s ‘guardian... Read more →

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting cop

DETROIT — A 37-year-old Westland man will spend the rest of his life in prison without parole in the slaying of a Taylor police officer. Tyress Mathews was sentenced Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit. A jury found him guilty earlier this month of first-degree premeditated murder. Cpl. Matthew Edwards was shot July 23, 2010, while investigating a breaking and entering report at a Taylor apartment complex, southwest of Detroit. Mathews told Edwards and his partner, Cpl. Gregory Piche, that he and his wife had been arguing and he wanted to get his car keys and leave, according to The Detroit News. Piche had testified that the officers were trying to diffuse the problem when Edwards was shot. Defense attorney Todd Perkins claimed Edwards and his partner fired first, but witnesses said Mathews fired the first shot. The 31-year-old Edwards never removed his gun from its holster. Piche... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Residents Upset About Speeding Vehicles

By Leigh Anne Hubbs Gloucester City News Mount Ephraim residents expressed concern over vehicles which use residential streets as a cut-through to avoid traffic on the Black Horse Pike during the recent Board of Commissioners meeting. A resident of West Buckingham Avenue said speeding is especially bad during the morning and evening rush hour, and that many people are worried about the potential of injury to pedestrians. Police Chief Edward Dobleman said that he had recently run radar at the intersection of James and Center and found that if drivers even suspect a police presence they tend to slow down. Mayor Joseph Wolk (photo) said he would contact Public Works to see about having more 25 mph signs installed, and that he knows how the residents feel as he himself lives on one of the cut-through streets. In other news, as the cooler weather is now here, and Commissioner Bruce... Read more →

Mt. Ephraim Police: Can You ID These Suspects?

Mount Ephraim PD is looking for two suspects in an armed robbery that occured at the 7-11 store. The Mount Ephraim PD are looking for two subjects involved in an armed robbery that occured on November 25th around midnight at the 7-11 store on Kings Highway in Mount Ephraim. Anyone with information on these suspects please contact Mount Ephraim Police at (856) 931-2220 or email tips too Related articles Mount Ephraim School District December Events ( Gloucester Twp. Police Needs Your Assistance ( Thank You Officer Perna! ( Mount Ephraim Commissioners Honor Several Employees; Welcome New Police Officer ( Read more →


November 28, 2011 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the upcoming showdown between the Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Catholic Church: On December 1, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform will hold a hearing titled, "HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants." At issue is the decision by the Obama administration to deny a grant that the Catholic Church routinely receives providing for relief to the victims of human trafficking; the ruling was made despite an independent review board's finding that gave high scores to the Church's program. The Church was denied the grant because it refuses to offer abortion referrals. Many Catholics, including the Catholic League, believe that the politicized nature of the decision to defund the program demands a hearing, and on Thursday we will get it. Since 2006, the Church has helped more than 2,700... Read more →

Announcements: Toy Run, Homes for Our Troops, Cookie

compiled by CNBNEWS.NET 8th Annual Toy Run Saturday, December 3 sponsored by the POW MIA Awareness MC Benefitting the Children of Saint John of God School. Rain, Shine or Snow KSU at 11am SHARP Rally at Somerdale VFW, Kennedy Blvd (off Somerdale Rd) Ride to St. John of God School on Delsea Dr, Westville, NJ BRING A NEW UNWRAPPED TOY - Please no Stuffed Toys or Animals ONLY TRI COUNTY TOY RUN WHERE YOU GIVE THE TOY TO THE CHILD For more information/questions 609-636-2874 or powmc@aol.lcom Homes for Our Troops ! and how you can help! Visit Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2004. We are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. It is our duty and our honor to assist severely injured... Read more →

Bellmawr Police Arrest Two Suspects on Robbery

Bellmawr Police Department Press Release Monday, November 28 shortly after midnight Bellmawr Police arrested Seridia Darius age 20 and Shanta Darius, age 22 . Both suspects were charged with Robbery, Assault and Theft. The victim was an 18- year- old Bellmawr resident who was walking along West Browning Road when the two began following her and then assaulted her and physically took her phone and handbag. The victim had contacted her mother shortly before the assault to come pick her up and as she arrived she was able to follow the suspects until the police arrived and located the suspects hiding in a nearby backyard. Both suspects reside on the 100 Block of East Browning Road, Bellmawr and were remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility in default of bail. The victim also did receive some minor injuries from the assault but refused treatment at the scene. Related articles Bellmawr... Read more →

Gloucester City Students Report To BOE About Upcoming Events

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News The Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) met for a combined caucus and regular meeting November 15, and listened to presentations from student representatives from all the City’s schools. Paddie Cooney is a senior from Gloucester City High, and her community service projects include volunteering at Gloucester Day and the Gloucester Clean-Up Day. Paddie, who has nursing aspirations, plays field hockey and said her favorite subjects are psychology and English. She added that the fall sports season has recently wrapped up, and announced that the Powder Puff game was to take place November 22. Also, students are excited about their annual Thanksgiving Day football game against their rival, Gloucester Catholic. Paddie said that the sophomores won “Best Decorated Hallway” during Spirit Week and that the guidance counselors have been helping all the seniors with their future goals. The students were also recently shown the... Read more →

American Legion WS 2011: Watch Midland, MI vs. Brooklawn NJ on ESPN

Web 1 new result for Brooklawn nj Watch Midland, MI vs. Brooklawn, NJ Live Online at WatchESPN Watch Midland, MI vs. Brooklawn, NJ live online now at WatchESPN or check out the full replay if you missed it. Related articles American Legion World Series: Brooklawn Faces Las Vegas Today at 1 PM ( AMERICAN LEGION WORLD SERIES:Midland Michigan Knocks Brooklawn NJ into the Loser's ( Brooklawn Legion Fans Come Watch Your Team in the World Series at Gaetanos ( BREAKING NEWS: Brooklawn One Away from Shelby North ( Brooklawn Continues Quest for World Series Title; Beat Waipahu 3-2, Remain Undefeated ( BROOKLAWN JUNIORS ADVANCE IN NORTHEAST CHAMPS ( BROOKLAWN RESIDENT: Are Turkeys Really the Menace You Make Them Out to Be? ( Middletown, Del., Brooklawn, N.J., win at Mid-Atlantic Regional - ( 2011 American Legion World Series Field Set (watch games on Read more →

Family Matters Blog: 'Extreme Makeover' Seeks Military Families for Holiday Episode

Image via Wikipedia By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2011 - The cast of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" would like to brighten the holidays for a deserving military family this year. The reality show is seeking nominations for military families in desperate need of a home makeover. The selected family will be featured in an upcoming holiday episode. "We want to do a holiday-themed episode that's even bigger and more extreme than ever," David Shumsky, the show's casting director, said in an ABC news release. "In order to pull off such a huge venture, we need the support of the entire community. We know that the military communities will come out to help one of their own." The popular reality show features Ty Pennington, his design team and a host of volunteers performing a massive home makeover in just seven days. The show focuses on... Read more →

Cookie Campaign for the

When: Saturday, December 3, 2011 Time: Drop off time 3pm-6pm Where: Marlton United Methodist Church 2 Marlborough Avenue (Located Behind Super Fresh on Route 70 East – Plymouth Drive at Marlborough Ave.) Marlton, New Jersey 08053 Contact: Janet Alter - 856-767-2897 It is that time of year again. The Yellow Ribbon Club is having its 5th annual campaign to gather and ship homemade cookies to our troops in Afghanistan for Christmas. Marlton United Methodist Church has partnered with us every year since the start of our cookie drives by allowing us to use their facility to hold the drives. Our partnership has proven successful each year as we generate more and more cookies to ship to our troops who are in harms way. Image via Wikipedia Many military men and women will be away from their families for this holiday and we feel that shipping homemade cookies to them is... Read more →

Tuesdays with Jason Mattera...The Real Legacy of the Slobbering, Babbling Pol from Massachusetts

The man who was complicit in bringing the American economy to its knees in 2008 won’t go down as, well, the man who was complicit in bringing the American economy to its knees. Not if the “mainstream” media has anything to do with it, that is. After his announcement that he won’t seek reelection, the Washington Post heralded the disheveled congressman Barney Frank​ as leaving a “legacy that crosses from legislative cornerstones to political confrontations to a historic place as the nation’s most prominent gay lawmaker.” Image by World Economic Forum via Flickr The paper continued: “On the left, Frank was a hero both for his effort to rein in the nation’s largest banks and for his role in promoting gay rights, having been the first member of Congress to declare his sexual orientation while in office.” Then there’s the New York Times. To them, even Frank’s opponents carried a... Read more →

Newark FBI Seeks Man Wanted in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter

Arthur E. Morgan III is wanted for his alleged involvement in the death of his 2-year-old daughter. On November 22, 2011, the body of a 2-year-old child, still strapped in her car seat, was found partially submerged in a stream in Shark River Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Morgan was supposed to return the child to her mother on November 21 following a custody visit. When Morgan failed to return the child, he was charged in the Ocean County Superior Court with endangering the welfare of a child and interference with child custody, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest. Once the child’s body was discovered, Morgan was charged with homicide. Morgan has a tattoo on his left hand and tattoos on both arms. See poster | Wanted by the FBI Read more →


Attention Residents the Gloucester Twp. Police Department is requesting your assistance with the solving of this crime. Please read the description of the events below and view the attached pictures. If you have any information regarding this event please contact the Police Department at 856-842-5560 or via email at You may contact the Department anonymously if you wish. (click on photos to enlarge) Shoplifting- K-Mart Store, Blackwood Clementon Road, Thursday 11-24-2011 On 11-24-2011, GTPD responded to the K-Mart on Blackwood-Clementon Road for a reported shoplifting. Store Loss prevention observed a white female with dirty blonde hair and a white male with dark colored hair and beard conceal store merchandise totaling $189.57. The male was wearing a black coat with gold writing on it. The female was wearing a blue pajama pants and a black coat. As the suspects pushed a shopping cart around the store containing an infant carrier,... Read more →

Do You Consider Social Security/Medicare An Entitlement?

This E-mail has been floating around the internet recently. The first time it saw the light was in 2006. It contains some interesting information. What are your thoughts on this topic? E-mail submitted by GFC Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98. Image via Wikipedia If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that... Read more →


November 28, 2011 Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to a New York Times op-ed page advertisement placed today by Catholics for Choice: "Choice" has no normative value absent an object, but even then it may carry no moral weight. Choosing chocolate over vanilla is a choice without moral consequence. But choosing to abort one's baby clearly has consequences, both for the woman and her child: for the woman, they are traumatic; for the baby, they are deadly. No Catholic can support such a choice. Indeed, in this instance, the very name "Catholics for Choice" is an oxymoron. Ironically, the Catholics for Choice advertisement in the New York Timesfocuses exclusively on limiting the choices of Catholics: it wants to deny Catholic institutions the right to a religious exemption from healthcare services they cannot in good conscience countenance. Image via Wikipedia Here's another irony: there really is no organization called Catholics... Read more →

Lindenwold man agrees to 4 yrs NJSP in cocaine

Jamaine L. Levi (DOB 7/5/88),of 825 Myrtle Ave., Lindenwold NJ pleaded guilty today (11/28) in Superior Court, Woodbury NJ to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute when he was arrested in Paulsboro NJ on Nov. 3, 2010. Levi acknowledged he was driving his mother’s car and was in possession of less than a half-ounce of cocaine when police stopped him on Capitol St. The vehicle had been seen in the vicinity of an earlier report of suspicious persons on Buck St. Under terms of a plea agreement, Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Paul Colangelo will recommend that Levi be sentenced to four years in New Jersey state prison, and that he serve two years before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence would be concurrent with a three-year prison sentence imposed on a narcotics conviction in Camden County on Oct. 7, 2011. The sentence would also be concurrent with a... Read more →

CNBNEWS Weekly Stats Report Nov. 21 through Nov. 27

Weekly Stats Report: 21 Nov - 27 Nov 2011 Project: URL: Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or more later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first time visits - all your visitors. Page Load - The number of times your page has been visited. Summary Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Total Avg Pageloads 4,160 3,955 3,140 2,178 3,056 2,200 2,611 21,300 3,043 Unique Visits 1,754 1,675 1,342 1,045 1,306 1,072 1,226 9,420 1,346 First Time Visits 1,402 1,337 1,051 843 1,046 850 1,025 7,554 1,079 Returning Visits 352 338 291 202 260 222 201... Read more →


Posted On November 28, 2011 To his three undersheriffs, Sussex County Sheriff Michael Strada resembles Santa Claus. After taking office in January, the newly-elected sheriff hired the retired officers into positions where they can double-dip, collectively pocketing $230,000 a year in pension pay plus near six-figure salaries. Sheriff Strada Undersheriff Kenneth Kuzicki rakes in $185,000 a year - his $96,000 salary plus a $89,000 pension. Kuzicki, 57, retired from Vernon Township in October 2010. In April 2011, he was hired by Strada. Undersheriff Keith A. Armstrong, 54, draws $173,000 a year – a salary of $97,000plus a $76,000 pension. He retired from Hardyston Twp. in January 2007, then . Strada hired him in January 2011. Undersheriff George R. DeOld, 62, collects $163,000 a year – $97,000 in salaryand a $66,000 pension. He retired from Paterson City in February 1998. He was hired by Strada in January 2011. New Jersey Watchdog’s... Read more →


The Gloucester Twp. Police Department is requesting your assistace in solving the below described crime. Please read the email and view the video and the attached pictures. If you have any information please contact the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-842-5560 or at You may do so anonymously if you wish. On 11-22 -11 at 1:51 p.m. the pictured suspect entered the Friendly Food Mart on the Blackhorse Pike in the Hilltop section of Gloucester Twp. and shoplifted a case of Red Bull energy drink. The suspect is described as a white male between 25 to 30 yrs. of age. He is approximately 5'10" tall, 190 lbs., with a mustache. The suspect ran from the store and entered into a waiting vehicle on Garden Ave. The vehicle could only be described as gold in color. The vehicle proceeded to turn left onto the Old Blackhorse Pk. toward Chewslanding Rd.... Read more →


AT SMITHVILLE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Victorian Santa, Ice Carving, Live Entertainment, Shopping and More The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host a Victorian Holiday Celebration featuring Santa Claus, unique vendors, professional ice carvers, live entertainment and more on Sunday, December 4 from noon to 5 pm at Historic Smithville Park. The whole family is invited to celebrate the season in the historic village setting that will be specially decorated for the holidays, and admission and parking are free. The festivities will include a grand entrance by Saint Nicholas wearing his Victorian suit and arriving by horse and carriage at 1 pm. Guests may visit with him in the Smithville Mansion courtyard tent and are encouraged to bring a camera for a special photo with family and friends. Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of live entertainment including a special holiday magic show and holiday music performed by the... Read more →

Federal Courts Order Seizure of 150 Website Domains

Involved in Selling Counterfeit Goods as Part of DOJ, ICE HSI and FBI Cyber Monday Crackdown WASHINGTON – Seizure orders have been executed against 150 domain names of commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works as part of Operation In Our Sites, the Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), and the FBI Washington Field Office announced today. “Through this operation we are aggressively targeting those who are selling counterfeit goods for their own personal gain while costing our economy much-needed revenue and jobs,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Intellectual property crimes harm businesses and consumers, alike, threatening economic opportunity and financial stability, and today we have sent a clear message that the Department will remain ever vigilant in protecting the public’s economic welfare and public... Read more →

Moorestown Police Alert Residents About Burglaries

The Police Department wants to make residents aware of recent residential burglaries. Anyone with information on these or any other crimes are asked to contact the Police Department at 856-914-3092 or via "Police Tips" on the Township Website. As always, if you see something suspicious, don't hesitate, CALL 911. 11/27/2011 Residents of the Unit Block of Julia Court reported a Burglary/Theft that occurred between 6:30pm-7:30pm. Forcible entry was made through a rear Laundry Room door. A 55" Samsung TV was taken. Telephone & Cable wires to the residence were cut. 11/28/2011 Residents of the 400 Block of East Central Ave. who had been away returned home to find their residence Burglarized through Kitchen window that was broken out. Jewelry was taken from the residence. Telephone & Cable wires to the residence were cut. 11/28/2011 Neighbors of a resident in the 200 Block of Collins Ave. observed a stocky male and... Read more →

Synthetic Marijuana and Untaxed Cigarettes Seized from National Park Mini

Bhailalbhai Bhatt, age 36, of 59 East Browning Road, Bellmawr, NJ was arrested Nov. 21 in the National Park Mini Market 416 Columbia Blvd, National Park NJ after the execution of a search warrant resulted in seizure of synthetic marijuana and untaxed cigarettes in the store. Westville and West Deptford Township police officers conducting a narcotics trafficking investigation found 80 vials of the lab-produced substance known as K2 as well as 21 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. Of the K2 seized, 79 vials were found in Bhatt’s car, leading to seizure of the Honda Civic, and one vial was in the cash register of the store where he is owner-manager. The cigarette cartons were on a shelf in the store. After processing at the Westville Police Department on charges of possession of synthetic marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, Bhatt was released pending further court action. The New Jersey Division... Read more →

Court Rules That Rabbi Cannot Unmask Anonymous Bloggers in Sexual Abuse Defamation Suit

Statement of Paul Alan Levy, Attorney, Public Citizen An Orthodox rabbi ousted from his congregation because of allegations of sexual abuse posted anonymously online has not met the test for unmasking his critics, the Supreme Court of New York for Rockland County ruled this week. Justice Victor J. Alfieri, Jr. was correct in deciding that revealing the identity of several bloggers who criticized Rabbi Mordechai Tendler was not warranted and that disclosing their identities would “open the floodgates and set a precedent” that would allow anonymous Internet speakers to be identified for spurious reasons. Too often, anonymous critics are bullied with lawsuits and cease and desist threats as their subjects try to unmask them. But the First Amendment protects the critics and upholds their right to share their thoughts anonymously. Most cases in which subpoenas are used to identify anonymous online critics arise when powerful figures try to sue the... Read more →

Suspect Wanted for Robbery in the 14th District

Philadelphia Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Surveillance Photos November 28, 2011 On November 13, 2011, at 11:00pm, a male complainant was inside the 7-11 store located at 2400 North 77th Street when an unknown male (offender) approached him and asked him for a cigarette. The complainant gave the offender a cigarette and left the store. When he arrived at his residence he noticed the same male from the 7-11 had followed him and pulled a handgun demanding money. The suspect took his cell phone and cigarettes and fled on foot. Suspect Description: Black male, 6', 170 lbs wearing a black jacket, black hoodie, black pants and a white baseball hat carrying a gray sweatshirt To view the surveillance video: Visit The Philadelphia Police YouTube Channel or visit If you see this male do not approach him, contact 911 immediately. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS... Read more →

Barney Frank Cashes Out; The Man Responsible for the RE Market Crash

America loses its poster boy for term limits. by John Hayward 11/28/2011 After sixteen terms in the House, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) has announced he won’t run for re-election. The Boston Globe says redistricting had a lot to do with his decision: A top adviser told the Globe that the new district in which Frank would have had to run next year was a major factor in his decision. While it retained his Newton stronghold, it was revised to encompass more conservative towns like Walpole while losing New Bedford, a blue-collar city where the Democrat had invested a lot of time and become a leading figure in the region’s fisheries debate. It’s a predictable, if unfortunate, end to a career that included setting up the subprime bomb that nearly destroyed the U.S. economy. If you’re upset about the big bonuses paid to executives of the bailout-sucking Fannie Mae, remember that... Read more →

4th Annual 5K Run Cpt Greg

When: Saturday December 3th 2011, 8:00 AM Where: Christ our Light, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 On June 23, 2008, thirty year old Capt Gregory Dalessio of Cherry Hill, NJ was killed on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He died of wounds sustained in Salman Pak, Iraq, when his patrol encountered small arms fire during combat operations. Those who knew Greg are quick to point out two traits in his life - his love for his family and his faith in God. He was loved by those who knew him and is said to have shone a light on all their lives. For a man adored by his siblings and community, a 5K memorial walk/run is scheduled every December. This year it will be held Saturday, Dec 3th. Related articles CNBNEWS Video: Cpl. Marc Ryan 5K Memorial Run/link to results ( CAMDEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL "Stand Up To... Read more →

Mondays with Tony Lee: Americans Are Mad As Hell...They Can't Stand Washington D.C.

Two stories last night represented the absolute gulf between those in power and the rest of society. First, Bloomberg News wrote about the trillions (yes, trillions) of dollars that the Federal Reserve secretly loaned out to bail out banks and bankers. These banks then made billions of dollars in profit from loans that were nearly interest free. Then, CBS's 60 Minutes aired a feature on homeless children living in Central Florida. Some lived in the back of a truck while others lived in cars that their parents had to park outside of hospital emergency rooms. The children who were profiled had a maturity and grittiness to them that words cannot describe. Unfortunately for these children and their families, they don’t have lobbyists and friends in Washington who can grease politicians so they are guaranteed never to fail. It's hard not to imagine how anyone who reads the Bloomberg story and... Read more →

Lindenwold Police Dept. Joins

The Lindenwold Police Department is pleased to announce that citizens can now gain access to neighborhood level crime incident data in near real time. Through a partnership with CrimeReports, creators of the national crime map at, the Lindenwold Police Department is giving Lindenwold citizens free access to the world’s largest online crime map. Together with CrimeReports, citizens are also able to send anonymous tips to law enforcement via text message, iPhone and Android. “Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities,” says Chief Stanley Lemayski. “And partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.” He added that the public can access the crime map through the website or through the CrimeReports iPhone app, which is available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. The new service... Read more →

Reform Groups Urge Congress to Prohibit Congressional Insider Trading

Legislation to Rein in Abuse Is Moving Rapidly Through Both the House and Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seven reform groups sent letters today urging members of both the House of Representatives and Senate to join in the legislative drive to pass the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge” (STOCK) Act. The measures – one in the House sponsored by Reps. Timothy Walz (D-Minn.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and two similar versions in the Senate by Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) – would prohibit members of Congress and their staffs from using information gleaned in the course of their official duties for insider trading in the stock market. The Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, the Sunlight Foundation and U.S. PIRG sent letters to Congress expressing dismay that congressional insider trading is not already illegal and encouraged passage of... Read more →

Obituary: Diane C. Givens age 53, of Gloucester City

Diane C. Givens AGE: 53 • Gloucester City Diane C. Givens, on November 8, 2011, of Gloucester City, NJ, age 53. She is the beloved companion of Tudorel A. Florescu, loving mother of Timothy and William Givens and dear sister of Catherine Givens and the late Patricia Kennedy. She is also survived by her dear grandchildren TJ, Dianna, Derek and Devin and former husband David Kaufmann. Funeral services under the direction of the ETHERINGTON-CRERAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 POWELL ST., GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ. Interment was private and held at the convenience of her family. Read more →

Gloucester County Extends Flu Shot Program

Image via Wikipedia Clinics will run through early 2012 (Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Deputy Director Warren S. Wallace announced that the county would continue to offer additional Flu Clinics in throughout end of the year and into early 2012. “It is not too late to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every person over the age of 6 months receive a flu shot as the first and best way to protect against influenza,” said Freeholder Director Damminger. “We want to make sure that everyone who needs a shot gets a flu shot,” Damminger stated. Freeholder Deputy Director Warren Wallace, liaison to the Department of Health and Senior Services, said, “Gloucester County has administered 14,000 flu shots to date. Our program is right on target with where we planned to be at this point in... Read more →

Andrews: Restraining Defense Spending Could Protect Fiscal House, National Security

By ROB ANDREWS | For the Star Ledger Haddon Heights, NJ - America will never be able to fully solve its job crisis until we get our debt and deficit under control. But, without deadlines, things have a tendency not to happen. This is especially true in government unfortunately. However, both parties came together and recognized that getting our fiscal house in order is such an urgent problem that there comes a time when talk needs to stop and action needs to be taken. That’s why when Congress passed the debt-ceiling deal in August we set a date certain that would trigger across-the-board cuts if a deficit reduction agreement is not reached. That date is this Wednesday, and when the 12-member Supercommittee inevitably finds itself in a stalemate, $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts, called “sequesters,” will begin to take effect in 2013. If deadlock occurs, the Department of Defense stands... Read more →

Our Reading Guide on Congressional Dysfunction

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Nov. 23, 2011, 12:43 p.m Congress’ approval rating is abysmal, and the failure of the congressional “super committee” to find a compromise on reducing the national debt has set off a new round of recriminations. Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr One senator on the super committee, Democrat Max Baucus (caricature) of Montana, told The Washington Post, “We’re at a time in American history where everybody's afraid — afraid of losing their job — to move toward the center. A deadline is insufficient. You’ve got to have people who are willing to move.” Decrying partisanship is almost as old as the republic itself. But longtime observers say Congress has actually taken a turn for the worse — with more gridlock, more grandstanding, less compromise to get things done. Old rules are being used in newly aggressive, partisan ways, and routine Congressional activities have become politicized — most... Read more →

Moorestown Township Police Department Incident Reports

Date: November 18, 2011 1. 3:09 AM– Vehicle Burglary – Resident from the 100 block of Oakmont Dr. reported two subjects burglarizing a vehicle. Both subjects ran off prior to police arrival. One subject described as a male, tall and thin, wearing a baseball cap. Caller was unable to provide a description of the second subject. Subjects entered an unlocked vehicle but it did not appear anything was taken. 2. 6:04 PM – Trespassing – Resident from the 700 block of Stonehouse Rd reported a male approximately 50 years old was standing in the front doorway. When confronted the male stated “wrong house” and left in a maroon colored minivan. Related articles Moorestown Township Police Department Incident ( Moorestown Township Police Department Incident Reports ( Moorestown Police Investigating ( Burglaries Continue to Plague Moorestown Residents; Police Are investing Several ( Moorestown Police Incident (s) Report for Oct. 31:... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Arrest Shoplifting Suspects And Solve Residential Burglary

On November 21, 2011 Gloucester Township Police responded to the 7-11 Store on Evesham Road (case 11- 48895) for a report of a subject that had stolen 15 packs of cigarettes. During the course of that investigating a second call was received from the Wawa Store (11-48898) located on Somerdale Road in Gloucester Township for an attempted Shoplifting where the suspect attempted to steal cigarettes. The description of the suspect in both incidents was similar. Investigating officers developed a potential suspect based upon the suspect description and a vehicle seen fleeing the area. This information was provided to the Gloucester Township Police Department's Operations Response Unit who began surveillance on the potential suspect's residence on Grand Avenue when they observed a person matching the description return to the home. The suspect resisted arrest when approached by officers and was taken into custody at which time a controlled dangerous substance was... Read more →

Video: Gov. Christie: Sick leave is for when you are sick!

TRANSCRIPT Governor Chris Christie: On sick leave reform – now, I don’t know if we’re going to be able to come to a philosophical agreement on this – I have to tell you, I cannot begin to understand why not. The legislature sent me a bill that said we should cap all future sick leave payouts – cash payouts – at $15,000 initially. I still don’t understand where that number comes from and I don’t know why it has any significance. And I don’t know why anyone is entitled to $15,000 for the privilege of not getting sick. Then the legislature proposed $7,500. $7,500 is better, but it still doesn’t make any sense. See, it seems to me to be a pretty simple proposition. If you are fortunate enough to go your entire career without getting sick, the first thing you should do is hit your knees and thank God... Read more →

Mayor Nutter: Occupy Philadelphia has Created Fiscal and Operational Challenges

Philadelphia, November 25, 2011- The following are Mayor Nutter’s remarks regarding Occupy Philadelphia. Please check against delivery: For the last 51 days, people from the Philadelphia region and beyond have demonstrated their strongly held views at Dilworth Plaza and on the streets of our city. Without doubt, Occupy Philadelphia has created a handful of fiscal and operational challenges for the City of Philadelphia. Free speech in a vibrant city is a real issue and at times a real challenge. But from the start, I directed this government to look for ways to accommodate Occupy Philadelphia’s desire to exercise its First Amendment rights. In the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, the birthplace of our American democracy where our fundamental rights as free Americans were secured, there should be no other response. Since early October, Occupy Philadelphia has been generally cooperative, providing us advance notice of marches and demonstrations. In... Read more →