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December 2011

New Year's Eve Safety Tips From Gun For Hire

New Years Eve is a huge night for everyone, which means crowds will be swarming toward the metropolitan hubs around the world. People feed off each other’s excitement, and sometimes things can get out of hand if safety precautions are not taken. Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night (in a good way!). By simply using some common sense, we can keep it that way. Ring in the New Year safely! Designate a Driver: If you are going to be driving New Years Eve, don't drink and drive. If you have a friend who prefers not to drink, make sure they take the wheel. You might even be on the water this New Years Eve. The person in charge of navigating the boat needs to be cautious, so this also applies to them! It is important to be safe on the water as well, so drink sensibly! Don't forget about... Read more →

Bellmawr Fire Department Works on Vehicle Accident

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Rescue 32 and Squad 45 responded to Route 295 Southbound just before Exit 26. Crews located a vehicle that had gone off the roadway struck a fence that caused the vehicle to flip and come to rest in a small stream. The lone occupant had self extricated prior to FD arrival. Fire Department members controlled a minor fluid spill. The driver was transported to Cooper Hospital with minor injuries. The incident is under investigation by the NJSP. BFD BFD via Read more →

Philadelphia Police: Enjoy New Year's Safely!

The Philadelphia Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year's celebration. Let's ring in 2012 responsibly and with respect for our loved ones, friends and neighbors. Before you go out and celebrate the New Year, talk to your friends and figure out what your plan is IN ADVANCE of coming home. Whatever your plan is for traveling home safely, do your best to stick to it. Your loved ones will thank you for it. The PPD will have DUI checkpoints in place throughout the City to help keep drivers on our streets safe. If you own a firearm, check to make sure that it is out of sight and locked in a secure and safe place. If you have children in your household, be extra vigilant that they cannot access the place where your firearm is stored. Please remember that it is never permissible nor legal to discharge... Read more → Names Top Stories of 2011

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2011 - American Forces Press Service published nearly 2,500 articles in 2011, covering topics ranging from the end of the Iraq mission to defense budget pressures and troop concerns over retirement benefits. The top 10 stories most viewed on this year are: 10. "U.S. Kills bin Laden in Intelligence-driven Operation," posted May 2, focuses on President Barack Obama's remarks to the nation the day after an American counterintelligence and counterterrorism team killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. 9. "Officials Urge Precautions at Yokosuka, Atsugi," posted March 15, relayed officials' warnings to personnel in and around Fleet Activities Yokosuka and Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan to limit outdoor activities due to the detection of low levels of radioactivity released from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. The plant was damaged in a massive earthquake and subsequent... Read more →

Freeholders: Camden City Residents Need Solutions, Not Rhetoric

December 30, 2011 Freeholders Say Regional Force Will Put More Boots on The Ground to Ensure Public Safety In a press conference yesterday, members of Camden City’s police union and some city activists once again chose rhetoric over concrete proposals to deal with the public safety issue in Camden City. They said they’re preparing a petition to get a referendum to prevent the formation of a regional police force within the city. “All we hear from the police union is rhetoric,” said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “There is no concrete proposal. They haven’t even produced a copy of their petition. They have offered no solution for more boots on the ground “The financial facts are clear. Camden City doesn’t have the budget to pay them and the union has been unwilling to negotiate a contract that would be sustainable and affordable. Now they want to block any... Read more →

MADD Online: The Pledge to Eliminate Drunk Driving

Every year, nearly 12,000 people are killed by drunk drivers with an illegal alcohol level of .08 BAC or above. That means that every month more than 1,000 families must live with the tragic consequences of drunk driving. Since MADD was founded in 1980, alcohol-related fatalities have declined by more than 40 percent, but progress has stalled in recent years. That is why MADD launched a major offensive in the war against drunk driving the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. Through the four elements below, the Campaign makes the idea of eliminating one the United States’ primary health threats a real possibility. Together we can take the fight against drunk driving to a new and unprecedented level. Join the thousands of people nationwide who have signed the Pledge. By joining the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, I pledge full support of: Increased DUI enforcement including twice-yearly crackdowns during major holidays... Read more →

Car vs Building Rescue Assignment ~ Cherry Hill News & Information

Just prior to 1900 hours on Wednesday, December 28, "A" Group's Squrt 1351 and BLS 1392 were dispatched to the intersection of Church Road and North Kings Highway for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. While en route, additional calls reported that the driver of one of the vehicles was entrapped inside their car. The incident was upgraded to a “rescue assignment,” adding Battalion 13, Rescue 13, EMS 13, and an ALS unit to the response. Upon arrival, Squrt 1351 reported a three car collision, with one vehicle off the roadway. That vehicle had impacted the gatehouse of the Colestown Cemetary and its driver was still pinned inside. The crews from Squrt 1351 and BLS 1392 stabilized the vehicle and began providing medical attention to the driver. The crews also checked on the condition of the occupants of the other vehicles involved in the collision who were reportedly uninjured. Squrt... Read more →

GCPD Crime Report: Suspect Wanted for TD Bank Robbery Apprehended

On 12/28 at 1630 the suspect in the robbery of TD Bank was arrested without incident at a motel in Bellmawr. Benjamin Alford (photo) of Deptford was charged with 2nd degree Robbery and Possession of CDS (heroin). He was remanded to the Camden County Corrections Facility. In other matters, On 12/23 at 1618 officers responded to Park Ave for an assault. The victim stated that she exited her residence and was walking to her vehicle when a black SUV passed by. The SUV slammed on its brakes and a white male exited from the passenger side. The unknown male then approached the victim and began to make sexual comments to her. The male then grabbed the victim by the hair. The victim was able to get away and ran back into her residence. The male and vehicle then fled the area toward Klemm Avenue. On 12/24 at 0921 an employee... Read more →

Don’t Drink And Drive This New Years Eve!

It’s no joke. Drinking and driving can cost you everything including your life. So this New Years Eve, think before you head out to party and arrange for a sober ride home. Drunk Driving Enforcement Fact Sheet Highly visible law enforcement crackdowns, including checkpoints and saturation patrols, are proven to keep drunk drivers off the road. Every state should allow sobriety checkpoints to find and deter drunk drivers. MADD is working with law enforcement agencies as well as federal, state and local governments to increase DUI enforcement—especially during peak holiday periods. Drunk Driving in the U.S. · In 2007, there were nearly 13,000 drunk driving fatalities and countless other injuries. · About 2/3 of all drunk driving arrests include a “first time” offender. “First time” offenders have typically driven drunk about 87 times before they are ever arrested and surveys shows most of the offenders have alcohol dependency issues. ·... Read more →

Robin Williams: The USO Needs Your Support

Dear USO Supporter -- I've had the honor of going on USO tours, doing my best to entertain our troops and telling them face-to-face how much we appreciate their service. And I can tell you, this time of year it's more important than ever to let them know they're At Home in Our Hearts. This holiday season, the USO has been working around-the-clock to share care packages, free phone calls home, special holiday meals, entertainment tours and so much more. But the deadline to contribute to the USO's At Home in Our Hearts campaign is midnight tomorrow, so I'm writing to ask you to lend your personal support right now. And, to give you even more reason to step up for our troops right now, a generous anonymous donor has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar any gift made to the USO up to $350,000 before midnight on December 31 -- doubling... Read more →

Voorhees Police Dept. Needs Your Help

The Voorhees Police Department is asking for assistance with recent burglaries. On December 28, 2011 between the hours of 2:00pm and 10:00pm (3) residences in the Sturbridge Estates section were burglarized. We are asking if anyone was in the area and noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles to contact Investagator Fowler at (856)882-1102 or Investigator Gonnion at (856) 882-1142. Thank you for your assistance. Please be aware of any people or vehicles that are out of place. If any suspicious activity is observed call 911 or (856) 428-5400. Read more →

Richard H. Davey, Retired Mantua Police Officer Succumbs to Cancer

Richard H. Davey, 70, of Laurel Lake lost his courageous battle with cancer and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Born in Haddon Heights, he was a resident of Laurel Lake the past 42 years. He was a former member of the Mantua Police Department; he worked for the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center and Seabrook Police, and retired after 27 years with the Sands Casino as a security officer. He was a founding member of the Laurel Lake Rescue Squad. Rich was an avid reader of the Philadelphia Daily News. He enjoyed watching “World News Tonight” and the History Channel, and never missed “60 Minutes.” He enjoyed landscaping and working in his yard. Surviving are his daughters, Paula J. Davey and her husband Abdessamad Hdija of Casablanca, Morocco, Christine Davey-Wilford and her husband Talc of Dividing Creek, and Lisa Davey and her... Read more →

Court Upholds Decision in New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs’ Lawsuits

NEWARK – The Superior Court, Appellate Division, has upheld an earlier decision in favor of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, in the Division of Consumer Affairs’ separate lawsuits against an Indiana company and a Rhode Island company that together sold nearly 14,000 yo-yo waterballs to consumers here despite a 2008 state law banning the dangerous toys. The Division of Consumer Affairs filed suit in June 2009 against Indiana Novelty International, Inc., which does business as Kipp Brothers and which sold 444 yo-yo waterballs in New Jersey after the State’s ban on the toys took effect. The Division in December 2009 sued Rhode Island Novelty, Inc., also known as RINCO, which sold 13,344 yo-yo waterballs in New Jersey after the State’s ban took effect. The Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, ruled against both companies in the separate cases. Indiana Novelty International, Inc., was ordered in August 2010... Read more →

NJ State PBA and Gloucester City PBA Issues Warning About Telemarketing

A group of telemarketers are calling our residents and soliciting them for donations. They claim that the funds raised will go to Gloucester City Police Officers. Can you please post this flyer to your blog so the residents can be informed of this. The Gloucester City PBA does not solicit over the phone and never uses telemarketers to raise funds. We solicit once a year via US mail during the Spring. Thanks for anything you can do. Respectfully, William Johnson, Jr. President Gloucester City PBA Local #40 Related articles GLOUCESTER CITY: Lost Dog Named Charlie ( Gloucester City's Karen Jackson Named Orr Fellow ( Gloucester School Board Begins Search For New Superintendent ( TD Bank Robbed, Coach Arrested for DWI, Broadway Bridge Repairs, Monmouth Street Repaving ( Read more →


source MADD'S WEBSITE Our organization began with a mother who lost her child in a drunk driving crash. She turned grief into positive change; her work and the work of so many other mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers started a movement that has saved 300,000 lives…and counting. But even today, one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. Our children share the road with an estimated 2 million drivers who have had three or more prior drunk driving offenses. Together, we can take three important steps to finish the work of one grieving mother and protect our families from the danger of drunk driving: Support the heroes who keep our roads safe. High-visibility law enforcement catches drunk drivers and discourages others from driving drunk. Require convicted drunk drivers to blow before they go. Ignition interlock devices, or in-car breathalyzers, require all convicted drunk drivers... Read more →

Response Team Investigates Police-Involved Shooting in Newark

NEWARK -- The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a shooting in which state troopers and Newark Police officers shot at the driver of a stolen vehicle following a lengthy pursuit by several law enforcement agencies which was triggered by an earlier reported armed carjacking last night in Newark. According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 7:45 p.m. last night, troopers from the Metro North Unit observed a 2005 Audi, bearing a Pennsylvania license plate traveling within the City of Newark. The vehicle had been reported stolen as a result of an armed carjacking that occurred earlier in the day in Newark. The troopers pursued the suspect’s vehicle through Newark and onto Interstate 78. Due to safety concerns, the pursuit was terminated only to be resumed later by Summit Township Police. The suspect’s vehicle was pursued back into Newark and struck a State... Read more →


(TRENTON) – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver on Thursday announced plans to help laid-off New Jersey workers take advantage of extended federal unemployment benefits, vowing to pass new legislation authorizing the benefits before the current legislative session ends on Jan. 9. "With thousands of New Jerseyans still desperately seeking work, ensuring they can take full advantage of the extended federal benefit is the right thing to do," said Sweeney (D-Salem/Cumberland/Gloucester). "Not only will these benefits keep the unemployed and their families afloat during this difficult period, but they are also the best form of economic stimulus. This is money that goes right back into the economy." “With the economy only showing intermittent signs of recovery, the federal extension of unemployment benefits is a life-saver for many New Jersey families,” said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). “Businesses, while signaling that they intend to start hiring in the New... Read more →

Video: Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Discusses Crime Problem

Mayor Tony F. Mack Supports the Third Principle of Kwanzaa, Ujima Collective Work and Responsibility Echoed the Halls of City Hall TRENTON–Mayor Tony F. Mack attended the December 28 Kwanzaa in the City Program where he joined the program’s sponsors as they celebrated Kwanzaa’s third principle today, Ujima - collective work and responsibility. Below you will read the Mayor Mack’s comments as delivered at this afternoon’s event: “Kwanzaa goes back many years for me. Particularly, I remember when my nephew James attended the Afrikan People’s Action School, where he received the nurturing and core values necessary to succeed in life. I am proud to say he is a few credits shy of earning his law degree. Today, we need those values now more than ever. For example, when I see young brothers and sisters without goals, dreams, and hopes - it hurts. I know I cannot do it alone. Let... Read more →

Sunoco Representatives Present Plan For Eagle Point Tank Farm

By Sara Martino Gloucester City News Representatives from Sunoco presented a new use concept for the closed Eagle Point Tank Farm, situated along the Delaware River in the Westville and West Deptford area. During the Westville Borough Council meeting last week Kevin Thompson, Public Affairs Manager for Sunoco, informed the governing body of plans to bring in natural gas by-products to the idle refinery area for further processing. Eagle Point Terminal, which is now idle, was purchased earlier this year for approximately $100 million and Sunoco wants to develop the area. “The Eagle Point refinery is uniquely situated and easily accessible. Crude products from other areas may be brought in by barge, ships, rail or trucks,” Thompson said. “Shale, which is used in the processing that Sunoco will use, will be brought in from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and from the Marcellus Shale Mine in Western Pennsylvania,” Thompson... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: JOIN US at the Garden State Outdoors Sportsmen's Show!

Attend our seminar and meet the experts (see dates and times below) 1. Animal rights extremism in New Jersey. Learn how extremist elements are working to take away your freedoms to fish and hunt in New Jersey and what you can do to stop them. Plus, discover the link between conservation, the environment and your ability to enjoy the outdoors. Presented by Anthony P. Mauro, Sr., Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. Mr. Mauro is also a writer and author on the subject of conservation. 2. Hunter harassment. Understand your freedoms to fish and hunt in New Jersey and how you can legally respond to those attempting to illegally restrict you. Presented by Ed Markowski. Mr. Markowski is President, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (EP) and Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement Division Fish and Wildlife (RET). 3. The New Jersey Anglers and Hunters Conservation Caucus. Have you ever wondered if policy makers... Read more →

Stolen Gun, Drugs Found On Lindenwold Suspect

On December 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm while conducting crime suppression enforcement patrol in the area of Blackwood-Clementon Road, Gloucester Township Police Ptl. Timothy Kohlmyer observed a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria being driven carelessly. The suspect ignored the officer's emergency lights and siren signal to pull over for approximately 1/2 of a mile, before finally stopping. During the course of the investigation the Officer recovered a loaded Smith & Wessson 9mm pistol loaded with hollow point bullets, of PCP "angel dust" narcotics, two jars of marijuana, and $757.00 in cash. The pistol was found to be stolen from North Carolina earlier this year. The driver, 29 year old David B. Williams of Lindenwold, NJ was arrested and committed to the Camden County Jail. The handgun was found to have been stolen from North Carolina on December 5, 2011. Charges: Unlawful Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, Receiving Stolen Property (handgun)... Read more →


(11/P147) TRENTON -- Working in partnership with the Township of Weehawken, Union City, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, the Department of Environmental Protection today secured the preservation of a unique 14.4-acre reservoir near the Lincoln Tunnel, Commissioner Bob Martin announced. "This opportunity reflects Governor Christie's commitment to the preservation of land through the Green Acres Program and the protection of water supplies through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust," Commissioner Martin said. "The agreement was made possible by the cooperation and vision of all the parties, who recognized and under an accelerated time frame acted upon a rare opportunity to permanently protect open space in the heart of one of the nation's most densely populated areas," the Commissioner added. "The people of Weehawken, Union City, Hudson County and the state will benefit greatly from the preservation of the Weehawken Reservoir for generations... Read more →

7 Year Old Child Died in Pemberton Township House Fire

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi, Pemberton Township Chief of Police David Jantas and Burlington County Fire Marshall Robert Rose jointly announce the following: At 11:38 PM on Wednesday December 28th, 2011 a call was placed to 9-1-1 regarding an emergency in the 300 block of Seminole Trail, Pemberton Township. When police and fire personnel responded, they discovered a residential home consumed in flames. Police and fire responders investigated and ascertained that there were 5 children in the home. The ages of the children were 14, 11, 7, 6, and 3 years old. The 14 year old child had been left in charge by her mother Shirita Turner, 34. The 14 year old child was able to remove all her siblings except for a 7 year old sister, Lamiyah Graves who died in the fire. It was discovered by police and firefighters that the 7 year... Read more →

Philadelphia Police Seeking Dangerous Suspect Still At-Large

Unsolved Crime: Northeast Detectives Division Seeks Help in Identifying Male in Strongarm Robbery in the 15th District December 28, 2011 On April 7, 2011 at 3:10pm, a 75 year old white female was walking to the Medical Office at 2813 Cottman Ave. As she approached the rear entrance to the building, an unknown white male called out to her from behind and asked if she knew where a certain street was located. She turned and told him that she was not familiar with that street. At that time the male walked up to her and grabbed the shoulder strap of her pocketbook from her left shoulder. The female tried to hold on to her pocketbook, but the male kept pulling on the strap until he took it from her pulling her down to the ground. The white male fled on foot to Revere St. Taken was her brown leather pocketbook... Read more →

AG’s Office Arrest Fugitive for Operating a Lucchese Crime Family Wire Room

TRENTON - Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice has taken custody of a fugitive who allegedly ran a Costa Rican “wire room” where the Lucchese crime family processed billions of dollars in illegal wagers on sporting events. The U.S. Marshals Service returned Frank Cetta to New Jersey from Costa Rica late last week, and he had a first appearance in court this morning. According to Director Taylor, Cetta, 73, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was flown from Costa Rica to New Jersey, where U.S. Marshals turned him over to detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice on Friday, Dec. 23. The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit initially developed information about Cetta’s location, which the Division of Criminal Justice referred to the U.S. Marshals Service for the District of New Jersey. Cetta was arrested by authorities... Read more →

Camden County Weekly News released Dec. 28

Happy New Year from the Freeholder Board Most Camden County offices will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012. Please plan any business you may have with the county accordingly. PCFA Collecting E-waste at No Charge to County Residents The Camden County PCFA will collect electronics for recycling during the months of December, January and February at no charge to county residents. “To make recycling electronics more convenient for county residents, the PCFA is making this program available to county residents for the next three months,” said Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, liaison to the PCFA. “This program couldn’t come at a better time. If you replaced old electronics with new toys this season, drop off your recycling free of charge.” The e-waste will be accepted at the Pennsauken Landfill, located on River Road in Pennsauken, during the PCFA’s normal business hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.... Read more →

Video: Car Crashes at New Jersey Intersections Shared on YouTube

A leading company that provides red light cameras to catch drivers breaking traffic laws has been putting some of its vast cache of footage on YouTube. The P.S.A.s are intended to show the possible consequences of flouting red lights, and the company, American Traffic Solutions, recently compiled a montage of car crashes and near-misses from New Jersey. Related articles Lisa Alyounes of Westville NJ Arrested for Assault of Boyfriend; YouTube Video Goes Viral ( NJ Teens Beat Up Homeless Man, Post Beating on YouTube ( Navy's YouTube Video Warns Against 'Spice' Drug ( Read more →

Hi Lord, it’s me.

We are getting older and things are getting bad here. Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government and even Christmas, but Lord I'm asking you to come back and re-bless America . We really need you! There are more of us who want you than those who don't! Thank You Lord, I Love you. "Life without the Lord " is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point." submitted by G.Marcucci Read more →

Fairview homicide investigation continues |

CAMDEN — The investigation is continuing into a shooting Monday that killed a 23-year-old city man in one of Camden’s historically peaceful neighborhoods. Darnell Lopez was shot once in the upper torso around 5:30 p.m. outside a convenience store on the south side of Yorkship Square in Camden’s Fairview neighborhood. No information about a possible motive or suspects has been released. In the only other killing in the Fairview section of the city this year, Vernon Hicks, 30, of Camden, was shot while standing outside on the 1500 block of North Collings Avenue on Oct. 6 shortly before midnight. There have been 52 homicides in the city this year, including three shootings involving the police. Anyone with information please call Inv. Lance Saunders 856 225-8400 or Det. Bob Chew 856 747-7400 read via by George Mast Courier Post Read more →

Moorestown Township Police Department Incident Reports

Date: December 16, 2011 1. 5:47 PM – Criminal Mischief – Resident from the first block of E. Third St. reported criminal mischief to their residence. Someone had thrown eggs at the house. The subjects had run off prior to police arrival. Date: December 18, 2011 1. 6:47 AM – Vehicle Theft – Resident from the first block of Cove Ct. reported their 2010 Land Rover had been stolen sometime overnight on 12/17/2011. Date: December 22, 2011 1. 3:35 PM – Criminal Mischief – Complainant from the 300 block of Mill St. reported criminal mischief to a commercial building overnight on 12/21/2011. A propane tank was spray painted with blue and black paint. Date: December 23, 2011 1. 11:25 PM –Theft – Resident from the 300 block of Collins Ave reported a bicycle theft from the recreation center at 111 W. Second St. Date: December 25, 2011 1. 3:19 PM... Read more →

Obituary: Katie Lynn Ruggiero, of Gloucester City, age 27

Suddenly, on December 28, 2011. Age 27. (nee Crusemire) Of Gloucester City. Loving mother of Mary-Lou Ruggiero, Marissa Rutan and Nathan John Harley Rutan. Loving daughter of Ronald Thomson and Teresa Deniken (nee Crusemire) and her husband Ed. Cherished granddaughter of Doris Crusemire. Best friend of John Rutan. Katie was a loving mother to her three children and a good friend to all. Her family will remember her for her great smile and her hearty laugh. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Funeral service will begin at 8 PM in the funeral home officiated by Pastor Harry Pressley of Calvary Chapel in Bellmawr. At request of the family, cremation will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Katie Lynn Ruggiero. Funeral Arrangements and... Read more →

Update: Suspect Arrested for Robbery of Qin's Grocery Store in the 3rd District

Arrested: Suspect Involved in Robbery of Qin's Grocery Store in the 3rd District Was Arrested Within Hours From a Facebook Viewers 9-1-1 Tip The Philadelphia Police Department would like to extend its gratitude to the media and the viewers of Phillypolice Facebook for helping us apprehend the suspect for the robbery of Qin's Grocery Store located at 1100 West Moyamensing Avenue on December 27, 2011, at 4:47pm. On December 28, 2011, at 1:... South Detectives Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspect Depicted in Surveillance Video December 28, 2011 On December 27, 2011, at 4:47pm, an unknown male entered the Qin's Grocery store located at 1100 West Moyamensing Avenue armed with a handgun demanding money. The employee opened the register and the suspect took approximately $200 in cash and fled the store on foot South on 11th Street then East on Porter Street. Suspect description: White male, 20’s, 5’9"-5’10", stocky build, dark... Read more →

Gloucester School Board Begins Search For New Superintendent

By Anne Forline Gloucester City News Terri Lewis of the New Jersey School Boards addressed the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) concerning the search for a new superintendent during last week’s meeting. There was a brief discussion about when the search would begin, when it would be advertised, and how much the advertising would cost. Earlier this year, the School Board had voted not to renew the contract of current Superintendent Paul Spaventa, which goes until June 30, 2012. In other business, student representatives from all four Gloucester City schools also addressed the Board. Jenn Boggs, a senior at Gloucester City Junior City High, enjoys calculus and art history classes. She was also recently named 2011-12 Homecoming Queen. Among her many activities, Jenn is involved with marching band, ensemble, National Honor Society, swimming and stage crew. She also participates in Toys for Tots and Gloucester City’s tree decorating. After... Read more →

Northeast Detectives Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspects Depicted in Surveillance Video

December 28, 2011 On November 4, 2011, at 4:50pm, two unknown males entered the Belaggio Jewelry store located at 2115 Cottman Avenue armed with guns and forced three store employees into the back office. The suspects removed trays of various types of jewelry from the front counter and rear safe. The suspects fled the store on foot when they are spotted by an off-duty Philadelphia Police Officer. The off-duty officer follows the suspects and they get into a green Ford Contour with a partial Pa. tag possibly ending in 2204 parked in the rear lot of the Sears Tire store. The off-duty officer follows the suspects but lost sight of the suspects vehicle in the area. Suspect Description: Suspect #1: Black male, 40 years-of-age, 5’10 to 6', reddish beard, close cut hair to bald, dark complexion wearing a dark suit with a leather jacket armed with a black handgun. Suspect... Read more →


(11/P146) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection will sponsor eight free guided hikes and a horseback ride in state parks and trails in New Jersey on New Year's Day as part of a nationwide America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. This initiative, which is being held in all 50 states, offers individuals and families an opportunity to kick off the New Year by taking a healthy hike at a state park. "We are excited to host First Day hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks,'' said DEP Assistant Commissioner of Historic and Natural Resources Amy Cradic. "First Day hikes are a great way to start the year, cure cabin fever, and burn off extra holiday calories by offering opportunities for invigorating walks, hikes, or horseback rides in one of New Jersey's beautiful state parks." "What better way to kick off... Read more →

Happy Holidays from your friends at MADD.

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for too many families, they are filled with tragedy. In fact, 43% of driving fatalities on Christmas Day are alcohol-related. During this time of year when drunk driving crashes are most prevalent, MADD urges everyone to do their part in keeping our roads safe this holiday season by: Planning safe parties Sending your loved ones one of our Holiday eCards to remind them to drive safe and sober Reviewing our How to Spot a Drunk Driver page before heading out on the road Giving the Gift of a Designated Driver As you celebrate the holidays this year please remember to put safety before the party this holiday season by assigning a sober designated driver to get everyone home, and remind others to do the same. Related articles Don't Drink And Drive This New Years Eve! ( MADD... Read more →

Attorney General Announces $34.25 Million, Multi-State Settlement

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today a $34.25 million, multi-state settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Inc. as part of an ongoing, nationwide investigation of alleged illegal conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry. As part of the settlement, GE Funding has agreed to pay $30 million in restitution to affected state agencies, municipalities, school districts and not-for-profit entities nationwide that entered into guaranteed investment contracts with GE Funding and two of its affiliates -- Trinity Funding Company and Trinity Plus Funding Company -- between 1999 and 2005. In addition, GE Funding agreed to pay a $1.25 million civil penalty and $3 million for fees and costs of the investigation to the 25 settling states. The states’ investigation developed evidence that certain traders at GE Funding, in concert with certain brokers, engaged in conduct that allowed the broker to determine in advance that GE Funding would... Read more →


Sheriff Encourages Residents To Take This First Step in Serving Their Community The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department announced today that a new C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) Basic Training Class will begin on January 10, 2012. The class is eight sessions long and will be from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, ending on February 15, 2012. All classes will be held at the Emergency Services Training Center located at 53 Academy Drive in Westampton, New Jersey 08060. The Schedule will be as follows: Session 1 (Jan. 10) CERT Overview & Disaster Preparedness (ESTC) Session 2 (Jan. 17) Fire Safety (ESTC) Session 3 (Jan. 19) Light Search and Rescue Mt Laurel Session 4 (Jan. 24) Medical Operations (Part 1) ESTC Session 5 (Jan. 31) Medical Operations (Part 2) (ESTC) Session 6 (Feb. 7) Terrorism (ESTC) Session 7 (Feb. 14) Disaster Psychology Session 8 (Feb. 15) Disaster Simulation and GRADUATION - This... Read more →

Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun presented by SugarHouse Casino

The tradition of two fireworks on New Year’s Eve will continue as SugarHouse Casino returns to present Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun with two different shows 6 p.m. and Midnight, lighting up the skies over the Delaware River. Both free shows will be choreographed to unique soundtracks and launched from barges in the middle of the Delaware River with clear views from both Philadelphia and Camden. In addition, because the region’s New Year’s celebration is too big for just one night, Philly New Year’s Week, is a new name to brand the time frame between December 26 and January 2 to highlight all of the many activities and events taking place throughout the region. Holiday celebrants can go to for a comprehensive listing of events, activities, hotel deals, and other information to plan the perfect Philly New Years Week. Visitors to both the Philadelphia and Camden waterfronts will... Read more →

CAGW and CCAGW Score Major Victories Against Government Waste in 2011!

CAGW Grounds $3 Billion in Defense Budget Pork Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) won its multi-year battle to terminate federal funding for the alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, a wasteful pork-barrel project that was opposed by both the Bush and Obama administrations and the Pentagon, which had repeatedly said the alternate engine was “not necessary and not affordable.” On April 25, the Department of Defense terminated its contract for production of the engine after CAGW ultimately embarrassed Congress into declining to fund the program. Then taxpayers received an early Christmas present when GE and Rolls-Royce announced on December 2 that they would cease self-funding the project at the end of the year. CAGW led the opposition to the engine since disclosing the first earmark for it in the 2004 Congressional Pig Book, and pulling the plug on the project saves taxpayers $3 billion. Read more about the death... Read more →

John Paff: Audits Need a Closer Look

Local government agencies and authorities are required to audit their books annually, and one might think that these audits are sufficient to ensure that everything is on the up and up. But the audits merely point out financial reporting deficiencies--sometimes the same deficiencies year after year--and the agency or authority that paid for the audit may elect to take no corrective action. A case in point is the Borough of Dunellen's (Middlesex County) Parking Authority. While reviewing the auditor's August 30, 2010 cover letter that accompanied the Authority's 2008 and 2009 audits, I was struck by the following sentence: "Because of the inadequacy of accounting system and records for the year ended December 31, 2008, we are unable to form an opinion regarding the amounts at which accounts receivable, accounts payable and deferred parking permit revenues are recorded/not recorded on the balance sheet or accompanying financial statements. The respective amounts... Read more →

The Year in Review A Look at FBI Cases, Part 1

12/27/11 The FBI conducted thousands of investigations in 2011, from terrorists bent on murder and cyber thieves hacking networks to corrupt government officials and fraudsters stealing billions of dollars from innocent victims. As the year comes to a close, here is a look at some of the most significant cases the Bureau investigated with the help of our domestic and international law enforcement and intelligence community partners. Part 1 focuses on our top investigative priority: protecting the nation from terrorist attack. The death of Osama bin Laden in May was a milestone, but al Qaeda remains committed to high-profile attacks against the U.S. And on the home front, lone offenders radicalized on the Internet continue to pose a serious threat to national security. Here are some of the top terror cases of 2011, in reverse chronological order: Murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq: A 38-year-old Canadian citizen was indicted this... Read more →


Warning: Do Not Use ShoulderFlex Massager FDA has warned consumers to stop using the ShoulderFlex Massager because it can cause serious injury or death. This personal massage device was designed for home use to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulders and back while the user is lying down. The device was sold in various stores and through catalogs and online retailers (including Amazon) in the U.S. On Aug. 31, King International recalled all of its nearly 12,000 ShoulderFlex massagers that it has distributed since Oct. 18, 2003. However, FDA has found that the company went out of business and did not follow through with recall procedures, leaving many companies that sell this device unaware of the recall. Risk: One death and one near-strangulation were reported when a necklace and clothing became caught in a piece of the device that rotates during use. Two other reports involved clothing and... Read more →

Cool Video by the University of Minnesota's School of Music

Uploaded by UniversityofMinn on Nov 30, 2011 The Carlson School of Management received a surprise visit from a saxophonist...and nearly 300 of his friends from the University of Minnesota's School of Music this November. "Deck the Halls" arr. Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis from "Coolside of Yuletide" Special Thanks To: Greg Wrenn (saxophone), Campus Singers Maroon, Gold, and Mosaic; Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, University Singers, Kathy S. Romey (coordinator), Judy Sagen and Kelley Sundin (choreography), Phillip O'Toole (audio), Boosey & Hawkes, Northern Lights Video, Michael Teachout, Bryan Koop (director of photography), Steve Rudolph (producer) For more information on the Carlson School of Management visit link submitted to CNBNEWS.NET by A. Tussey Sr. Read more →

Settlement with School Board in Case of Student Subjected to Alleged Harassment, Bullying

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division on Civil Rights Director Craig Sashihara announced today that the Board of Education in Emerson, Bergen County, has agreed to pay a former student $130,000 to resolve allegations the school district did not effectively address alleged verbal, physical and cyber harassment of the student that went on for years. Under a settlement agreement finalized this week, the Emerson school district makes no admission of wrongdoing. “This is a fair outcome that resolves troubling allegations – a young man subjected to persistent harassment by other students over a period of six years. Hopefully, this case will serve as a reminder to others that the State takes this issue very seriously,” said Attorney General Dow. ”This is an important settlement,” said Director Sashihara, “not only because it resolves the case without litigation that could be protracted and emotionally difficult for the victim, but... Read more →

TD Bank Robbed, Coach Arrested for DWI, Broadway Bridge Repairs, Monmouth Street Repaving

Tips and Snippets by Bill Cleary BANK ROBBER IDENTIFIED-The TD Bank in Gloucester City was robbed on Monday, December 26. Although the bank robber hasn’t been arrested police were able to identify him. Mug shot of suspect Benjamin Alford According to Gloucester City Police Lt. Brian Morrell at 1pm officers responded to the TD Bank, Broadway and Cumberland Street for a robbery. Morrell said, “Employees advised the officers that a black or Hispanic male had passed a note demanding money, threatening to hurt employees if they did not comply. The subject was given several thousand dollars by an employee before fleeing the area on foot." “An investigation conducted by patrol officers, detectives, and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office led to the identification of the suspect just a few hours after the incident. Benjamin Alford (29), last known address of Deptford Ave in Westville, was charged with 2nd degree Robbery. Alford... Read more →


December 23, 2011 Washington, D.C. – The race to be named CREW’s first ever Scoundrel of the Year came down to a dead heat between a Wall Street puppet and a media puppet master. While House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) hypocrisy riled up voters, in the end, he was no match for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which may have spied on the families of 9/11 victims as well as other American citizens. The Department of Justice is now investigating the matter. “The deplorable behavior of Mr. Murdoch and his employees stood head and shoulders above the other worthy nominees for the title of Scoundrel of the Year,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “With the Department of Justice investigating, 2012 could bring new headaches for Mr. Murdoch and new revelations of further wrongdoing. ” Who will be the first scoundrel of 2012? Nominations are already being accepted for January’s... Read more →


Two time Tony Award winner and motion picture star Brian Dennehy will be in person at Waterfront South Theatre on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM . He will be here to support South Camden Theatre Company and will be interviewed “Inside the Actors Studio” style by Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki. Brian will discuss his long career of incredible film work including“ Gorky Park”, “FX”, “Tommy Boy”, and “Cocoon”. His incredible success as one of America’s greatest stage actors winning Tony Awards playing Willie Loman in “Death of a Salesman” and James Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”. He has a deep love of Eugene O'Neill and will give you his insight on playing some of his greatest characters. Mr. Dennehy visited the Waterfront South Theatre during a visit to Camden while the theatre was still under construction. He is looking forward to his return to... Read more →

Hunting and Fishing: Three More Wins for Gun Owners

H.R. 2055—the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012—has been passed by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been sent to the President for his expected signature. This bill contains three NRA-backed provisions that will strengthen our Second Amendment rights and prohibit your federal tax dollars from being used to advance an anti-gun agenda. Rumor Alert: Appropriations Bill Blocks New Shotgun Ban—Does Not Repeal “Sporting Purposes” Test: This year, NRA-ILA worked with pro-gun legislators to include a provision in the 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations legislation to help prohibit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from banning the importation of shotguns that are currently legally imported. That legislation was a part of a consolidated appropriations bill that Congress passed to fund major portions of the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2012. Firearm Accident Fatalities at an All-Time Low: Data recently released by... Read more →

Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Newborn Infant's Mother

December 22, 2011 On December 21, 2011 at 10:00am, a church employee was cleaning the pavement on the 2600 block of West Huntingdon Street when he discovered a card board box that contained various clothing items. The employees searched deeper in the box and discovered an infant inside. He called 911and waited for police and medics. A Philadelphia Medic transported the infant to Saint Christopher Hospital where the infant was determined to be just a few hours old and weighed 5.5 lbs and appeared to be in good condition with no signs of injuries. The infant was found wrapped in a red and white hounds-tooth patterned blanket, an adult sized brown women's sweater, black bathrobe with polka dots and a large peach colored towel. Lt. Raymond J. Evers Office of Media Relations 215.686.3388/89 . Read more →