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February 2014

NJState Police Breakup Major International Carjacking Ring, 29 Suspects Arrested

English: New Jersey State Police patch. Made with Photoshop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Immediate Release/February 27, 2014 TOTOWA, N.J. – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that 29 men were charged today in the takedown of a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole luxury cars in New Jersey and New York and shipped them to West Africa, where they can sell for prices in excess of new market value in the... Read more →

Aggravated Assault at 5300 building of The Pines Apartments

Press release/February 26, 2014 On February 26, 2014 at 9:28am the Lindenwold Police Department responded to the area of the 5300 building of the Pines at Arborwood Apartments for an assault in progress. As the first officer arrived, he observed a woman on the ground and a male on top of her with his hands around her throat. Assisting units arrived quickly and the male was taken into custody. The 52 year old victim was... Read more →

Walter E. Osmola WW II Army Veteran, Retired Boilermaker |

(May 25, 1922 - February 26, 2014) Walter E. Osmola “Smokey”, on February 26, 2014, of Gloucester City. Age 91. Beloved husband of the late Rose (nee Zemaitatis). Loving father of Ted (Celia), Cynthia Keeley (John), Denise Reed (Vince) and Kymberly Blaylock (Todd). Grandfather of Devon, Brooke, Aja, Jason, Brad, Quinn, Andrew, Ryan, Taylor and Adam. Great grandfather of Jason, Morgan, Mason, Aikaterina, Niovi, Bryce, Keeley, Blake and Ella. Walter was a boilermaker on the... Read more →


February 25, 2014 -- (TRN) -- Today, a 60 day countdown has begun until the arrival of Fukushima radiation on the west coast of North America. The mass-media in the United States remains disgracefully silent despite the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) confirming that a massive plume of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is arriving. California, Oregon and Washington state will begin get the worst of it -- within 60 days. Folks out there HAVE to... Read more →

The Protesters' Cry for Freedom

02/24/2014 The international scene in the past couple of weeks was supposed to be a smiling gathering of nations for the Olympics. That has been overshadowed by violence in Ukraine and Venezuela, where protesters are demanding leadership that would address their concerns of freedom, both personal and economic. Where is President Obama? Nile Gardiner, director of Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, observes: The leader of the free world has been largely invisible as Ukrainian... Read more →

$20,000 Reward For Information on the Unsolved Suspicious Death of Carol Reiff

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (February 25, 2014) --The Gloucester Township Police Department is requesting information regarding the death of Carol Reiff of Lakeview Apartments in Gloucester Township, New Jersey. Carol Reiff last spoke to family members on Thursday June 20, 2013. Miss Reiff had plans to travel to Manahawkin, NJ to visit family on Friday Morning, June 21, 2013. Miss Reiff never arrived and the family contacted police. Her body was discovered by police on Monday... Read more →


UPDATED FEBRUARY 27, 2014/ 4PM UPDATED FEBRUARY 27, 2014/ 6PM BY WILLIAM E. CLEARY SR. CNBNews Editor David Woods was brutally assaulted in Philadelphia last week by a vicious individual swinging a hammer. Watching the brief video of the attack, captured on a nearby store camera, has a sickening effect on anyone with an ounce of decency. PHILADELPHIA PA (February 20, 2014)--THE SUSPECT comes rushing up from behind the victim. Woods (in blue) turns when... Read more →

January Construction Down 13 Percent

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The value of new construction starts fell 13% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $485.0 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The downturn followed a healthy performance in December, which was the third highest month for total construction starts during 2013. January's retreat encompassed all three main construction sectors, with moderate declines reported for nonresidential building and housing, as... Read more →

Feb. 18, 2001: Dale Earnhardt and Daytona's darkest day

TOM JENSEN/FOX SPORTS NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, taken by official NASCAR photographer Darryl Moran (Photo credit: Wikipedia) February 18, 2001. Every NASCAR fan remembers where they were when they first got the news: Dale Earnhardt had died in the final turn of the final lap at Daytona. Even today, 13 years after he died, those words are painful to process. Whether you loved Earnhardt or loathed him -- and there were plenty of fans in... Read more →

NJ Loses Nearly $8 Million in Standoff Over Affordable Care Act Funds

NJSPOTLIGHT Banking and Insurance Commissioner Kenneth Kobylowski. New Jersey lost a $7.67 million federal Affordable Care Act grant yesterday as state and federal officials failed to reach agreement on how the money could be spent. The crux of the dispute appeared to be over Medicaid costs. While the state largely wanted to use the money to support expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, federal officials maintained that the grant must be used more directly to... Read more →

CNBNEWS ARCHIVES: This Saturday Browns Shoprite Wiffleball Reunion

PUBLISHED AUGUST 30, 2007 Category Sports ( published August 30, 2007--Gaetano's entered the 2007 Tournament slotted as an 8 to 1 favorite. The early odds were based on rumors that both Pat Burrell and Chase Utley would be team members ofGaetano's. Team President Alan Baker stated that Chase had never played wiffleball and Pat would struggle to adjust to the 110 MPH fastballs and because of this Baker removed both professional players from his roster... Read more →

Spring Break? Leave your Fake, says Coalition for a Secure Driver's License

Panama City Beach, Florida, during spring break (Photo credit: Wikipedia) WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hundreds of thousands of American college students will spend their Spring break from school on sunny beaches far from home. While most will be law abiding, hundreds a day will be arrested for DUI, vandalism, assault and other crimes. Many of these criminal offenses will begin with a fake ID, and proceed to rowdy alcohol abuse, followed by the... Read more →

Police Chief Arrested on Child Pornography Charges | TRN

Brian Fanelli photo from Mount Pleasant Police Dept. (TRN ) -- The Police Chief of Mt. Pleasant, NY has been arrested by federal agents on Child Pornography charges. A search warrant was executed this morning at the home of police Chief Brian Fanellii, 54, who was arrested at his home in upstate Mahopac after a months-long investigation by federal officials, said James Hayes, Jr., special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New... Read more →

CNBNEWS ARCHIVES: Mount Ephraim Police Introduce New Program

August 29, 2007 By BILL BATES (August 29, 2007)Mount Ephraim Police Chief Edward C. Dobleman announced that the department is implementing a new program to the borough. The program is called "Street Smart Is Street Safe" and will help protect our school children, school crossing guards, and the citizens of our community. Residents and business owners will be able to contact the police to help with this quest. Tragically, the pedestrian accident rate has... Read more →

Update on the Police Search for “Hammer" Attacker (Video) | cnbnewsnet

BY William E. Cleary Sr. Nathanial Maybin photo provided by Philadelphia Police Dept. WEST PHILADELPHIA - February 24, 2014 (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police say they have identified the suspect who allegedly attacked a local business owner with a hammer. Nathanial Maybin, 29, from the 800 block of S. 56th Street is wanted for the attack outside Maple Deli at 49th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia. Police say David Woods, 46, was attacked at that location... Read more →

Sister Anna Eleuteri Succumbs, Served in the South Jersey Area for Decades

Sister Anna Eleuteri, MPF, 93, who served for three decades in Merchantville and Hammonton, died unexpectedly at St. Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, Morristown, N.J., on Feb. 16. A viewing was held Feb. 21, at St. Lucy Chapel, Villa Walsh, Morristown, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Ave Maria Cemetery. Born in Trenton, Sister Anna entered the Religious Teachers Filippini on Sept. 13, 1931. She received the religious habit on July 5, 1936, and... Read more →

Nathanial Maybin Wanted for the Vicious Mugging of a Gloucester City Businessman and Resident

WANTED--Nathanial Maybin, age 29, of the 800 block of South 56th Street PHOTO SOURCE Philadelphia PD By CNBNews Staff PHILADELPHIA PA (February 24, 2014)—Philadelphia Police have released the name and a photo of the suspect wanted in connection with the brutal attack on David Woods Sr., of Gloucester City. The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon, just before 5 p.m. Woods was coming out of the Maple Deli, at 49th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia when... Read more →

Williamstown man struck, killed by minivan

Tom Wright-Piersanti/The Star-Ledger February 23, 2014 at 10:47:14 EST A Williamstown man was struck and killed while walking down Hurffville Crosskeys Road early today. GLOUCESTER — A Gloucester County man was killed early this morning when he was hit by a minivan as he walked down the road, according to a report by NBC Philadelphia. Carl Thomas, 53, ofWilliamstown was walking along Hurffville Crosskeys Road (Route 654) inGloucester Township at around 1:30 a.m. today when... Read more →

How to Find the Best and Safest Neighborhood

- Tip Sheet by Even with the very best home security system, it’s still extremely important for home buyers to find a neighborhood that has all the necessary features, and is safe. The team at has created a list of ways buyers can find the ideal, safe neighborhood. Consumers who have been searching for the perfect neighborhood are in luck, these tips from industry experts will help you choose a safe location to... Read more →

GTPD Arrests Two In Reported Stolen Vehicle

Immediate Release On Friday, February 21, 2014 at approximately 1:39 PM, the Gloucester Township Police (GTPD) received a 9-1-1 call for a vehicle that was being operated erratically on Blackwood Clementon Road. As officers saturated the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle, it was determined the vehicle was reported stolen earlier in the day by Haddonfield Police Department. The vehicle was located in the parking lot of the United Check Cashing, located at... Read more →

Philadelphia Police Have Issued a Warrant for Suspect who Attacked a Gloucester City Resident

By CNBNews Staff PHILADELPHIA PA (February 24, 2014)--The Philadelphia Police Department released a statement today regarding the hammer attack Woods was left with this large incision following Friday's operation photo provided by family on Gloucester City resident David Woods Sr.. According to police they do have a suspect and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Also, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Kevin Riordan wrote a blog post this morning about this horrific crime. It can... Read more →

MLK Cougars claim school's first-ever city basketball championship

February 23, 2014/Newsworks Sunday afternoon's Philadelphia Public League Championship tilt was not the best game that the MLK High Cougars boys basketball team played this season. But, when they corralled a rebound just before the buzzer to preserve a 46-44 win over the Constitution High Generals at the Liacouras Center, it became the most historic. After Constitution junior forward Ahmad Gilbert's last-second three-point attempt clanged off the front of the Cougars rim, MLK claimed its... Read more →

Gloucester City Resident Pummeled in Philadelphia by Man Wielding a Hammer

UPDATE FEBRUARY 23, 2014, 11:30 PM- 6ABC Report--MAN ATTACKED WITH HAMMER by KENNETH MOTON WEST PHILADELPHIA - February 23, 2014 (WPVI) -- A man was violently attacked with a hammer outside a West Philadelphia deli and his family spoke out to Action News. It was a surprise attack. Surveillance video, obtained exclusively by Action News, shows the moment a man brutally hit 46-year-old David Woods with a hammer. Investigators say it happened at 49th and... Read more →


The western front of the United States Capitol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oftentimes, people fret that Congress isn’t doing anything. But is that such a bad thing? The divide of the will of the people (that Congress is supposed to represent) from the priorities of lawmakers and the agenda of the executive branch has likely never been wider. If this sounds like hyperbole, it shouldn’t. Poll after poll continues to show that the American people are... Read more →

Reporting Suspicious Behavior

Gloucester Township Police Department Community Advisory: The residents of Gloucester Township have stopped countless crimes and saved lives by becoming actively involved in protecting their communities and reporting suspicious people or activity to the police department. As the additional “eyes and ears” of law enforcement, residents can help to reduce crime, improve safety and increase the quality of neighborhood life by knowing what to report and how to report it. Residents are needed to come... Read more →

The Don Corleone of the South Philadelphia Auto Repair Business Arraigned |

By George Anastasia For PHILADELPHIA PA (February 20, 2014)--Ron Galati, the Don Corleone of the South Philadelphia auto repair business, was arraigned earlier this week on murder-for-hire, conspiracy and witness intimidation charges. The wannabe wiseguy pleaded not guilty. He is being held without bail pending trial. He is also the target of two other investigations, an insurance fraud probe in Philadelphia and another murder-for-hire and fraud case in New Jersey. Galati, if the District... Read more →

Koch Network Backed Group Pushing to Shift Allocation of PA Electoral Votes

By Carrie Levine Read more about CREW's research in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Ethics group says politics fueled GOP's quest to change voting rules In 2011, a new Pennsylvania nonprofit, All Votes Matter, began spending tens of thousands of dollars lobbying in favor of changing how Pennsylvania’s electoral votes are awarded to presidential candidates. Instead of awarding all 20 electoral votes to the winner of the state’s popular vote, the group wanted to allocate one vote... Read more →

Winslow Township Police Investigating Sexual Assault Incident

Released February 20, 2014 On 02-16-2014 Winslow Twp. Police Department received information that Joseph Cuthbert may have been involved in sexual assaults involving juvenile males. The initial victim disclosed that sometime around September 2013, Joseph Cuthbert began sexually assaulting him. Winslow Criminal Investigation Division started the investigation and at this time identified four additional victims spanning 30 years that Joseph Cuthbert sexually assaulted. Joseph Cuthbert came into contact with all of his known victims while... Read more →

CREW: Tell The IRS To Close The Dark Mondey Loophole

(February 19, 2014)--For more than 50 years, the issue of 501(c)(4) groups abusing their "social welfare" status has been kicked down the road by the IRS. Finally, after torrents of bad publicity, others are starting to take notice, but the recent proposals fail to address the main issue. Current IRS regulations grant tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code to groups “primarily engaged” in promoting social welfare, allowing up to half of their... Read more →

Suspect in hammer attack outside West Philadelphia deli identified |

February 24, 2014 3:36:03 PM PST Action News WEST PHILADELPHIA - February 24, 2014 -- Philadelphia police say they have identified the suspect who brutally attacked a local business owner with a hammer. Nathanial Maybin, 29, from the 800 block of S. 56th Street is wanted for the attack outside Maple Deli at 49th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia. Police say David Woods, 46, was attacked at that location just before just before 5 p.m.... Read more →

U.S. Marshals Arrest Navy SEAL Imposter

Garfield, AR - The U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FED - United States Marshal Service (Photo credit: Inventorchris) Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Arthur James (AJ) Dicken of Garfield, Arkansas early Friday morning on charges stemming from firearm violations. Dicken was wanted by the Carson City, Nevada Sheriff's Office for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony. Dicken is alleged to have passed himself off... Read more →

WATCH: Charles Krauthammer on Global Warming Myths

Last night on “Special Report with Bret Baier”, columnist Charles Krauthammer questioned the “settled science” of global warming — an issue that is currently driving the President’s agenda. In a clip discovered by The Daily Caller, Krauthammer rails against the notion of “settled science,” noting that Isaac Newton’s laws were settled for 200 years before Albert Einstein turned them over. >>>Read More: C’mon Obama, Join the Energy Boom Speaking about the economic effects of climate... Read more →

Joseph J. Toomey, Retired Bellmawr Sewer and Water Superintendent, Volunteer Fireman

(July 26, 1923 - February 17, 2014) Joseph J. Toomey, “Pop” “Joe”, passed away on February 17, 2014, age 90, of Bellmawr, formerly of Camden and Gloucester City. Beloved husband of the late Ida Toomey (nee Beckman). Devoted father of Joyce MacConnell, Beverly Schotter, Bertha Debus and the late Starr Coleman. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Brother of Shirley Casey. Joe served honorably in the U.S. Air... Read more →

Bob Lonsberry: The Democrats are right, there are two Americas

The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, to obey the law and support themselves and contribute to society, and others don’t. That’s the divide in America. It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility.... Read more →

Social Media Tipsters Lead To Apprehension Of Gas Thief

February 19, 2014 GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP--On February 17th, 2014 at approximately 9:15 AM, the Gloucester Township Police Department (GTPD) began an investigation into the theft of gas from the Citgo Station located on the Black Horse Pike in Blackwood. Investigating officers obtained video surveillance of the suspect's very distinctive vehicle, a late 1970's blue Ford Ranchero with a white cap. The suspect was described as a stocky Hispanic male with dark hair wearing a plaid shirt... Read more →

Former Sportscaster Don "Tollie" Tollefson Arrested on Felony Charges; Bail Set at $250,000

Ex-Sportscaster Bilked Over 100 in Scheme, Cops Say Credit: Tom Sofield/ (February 18, 2014) Don Tollefson was known for using the word “awesome” during his television sports reports, but Tuesday was anything but awesome for the 61-year-old Glenside man. Lead by police, the former 6abc and Fox 29 sportscaster was walked into Warminster’s district court building with a large group of reporters asking questions and capturing images of the regional celebrity in handcuffs. Inside he... Read more →

CNBNEWS ARCHIVES: Gloucester City Public Parking Lot is an Eyesore & "Drug Den"

By William E. Cleary Sr./ GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (published June 24, 2007)--Richard Kotter, of the 400-unit block Market Street, Gloucester City, is upset over the City owned parking lot at the corner of 5th and Market. The lot abuts his mother’s well-maintained residential property that extends the full length of the parking lot. It is also situated close to the future site of the School District’s Middle School Photo: Richard Kotter points out the graffiti... Read more →

Plans Set for NJ Wine & Food Festival

at Crystal Springs March 28 – 30, 2014 Devil Gourmet The 2014 NJ Wine & Food Festival returns to Crystal Springs Resort from March 28-30 with Guest of Honor New York acclaimed and James Beard Award-winning chef David Bouley. Photo by Crystal Springs Resort The three-day event is a celebration of the world’s best wines and renowned local and national chefs, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The weekend’s events are designed to allow food and... Read more →

J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

by Blair Hickman ProPublica, Feb. 18, Sheryl Swingley has been the journalism internship coordinator at Ball State University for more than 20 years, where she also teaches journalism. We sat down to talk with her about paid and unpaid internships, the kind of advice she offers students and trends at Ball State – where she says students’ paid summer internships have dropped by nearly half. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How... Read more →


On February 14, 2014 of Woodbury, lived most of her life in Gloucester, age 65 years. Beloved daughter of the late Ruth D. Krause and dear sister of the late Ruth B. Krause. Shirley was the loving Aunt of Amy Rink and also had many cherished friends who she thought of as family. Shirley enjoyed babysitting, bingo, crocheting and sewing and particularly loved reminiscing about the “old times” and telling stories. Relatives and friends are... Read more →

Why Do Some Governments Struggle to Make Online Services Viable?

Recent audits reveal how poor strategic planning leads to lost opportunities for Government spending (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013) governments that are looking for new ways to deliver services at the lowest cost possible. BY TOD NEWCOMBE State and local governments have made significant improvements in how they use the Web to serve citizens. The Center for Digital Government has been highlighting the best websites for 18 years and describes last year's winning sites as "first-class"... Read more →

Cheat Sheet: The Tyson Gay File

byMinhee Cho Tyson Gay crosses the finish line after competing in the men's 100m heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Gay later admitted to using performance enhancing drugs before setting the fastest 100-meter time in July 2013. (Oliver Morin/AFP/GettyImages) Last summer, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay was poised to take the crown from Jamaica’s Usain Bolt at the 2013 world championships in Moscow. But after Gay failed a drug test, it seemed like yet another... Read more →

Some People Blame Reporter for Miller's Emotional Breakdown

Miller defends reporter who brought him to tears Rosa Khutor (Russia) (AFP) February 17, 2014 at 6:46:54 EST Alexander Klein/AFP Bode Miller arrives on the podium during the Men's Alpine Skiing Super-G Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014 Bode Miller has leapt to the defence of an experienced NBC reporter who brought him to tears after he won Olympic super-G bronze with incessant references... Read more →

Dorothy G. Steinhaus OF Runnemede

(December 6, 1918 - February 16, 2014) Dorothy G. Steinhaus (nee Adams), on February 16, 2014, of Runnemede. Age 95. Beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Steinhaus. Devoted mother of Richard C. and his wife Lee and the late Arthur. Loving grandmother of Deborah Steinhaus (John), Todd Steinhaus (Melissa) and the late A. Ernest. Dear great grandmother of Jeffery, Dylan, Ryan and Sarah. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Steinhaus was a... Read more →

Opinion: Looking Closely at the Dangerous Legacy of Commissioner Chris Cerf

NJ Spotlight MARK WEBER | FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Chris Cerf says he’s not leaving his post as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education because of Bridgegate, and I believe him. When Cerf departs at the end of March, he’ll be continuing a pattern of sliding back and forth between the private and public sector that he’s engaged in over his entire career. Leaving for Rupert Murdoch’s Amplify -- or some similar corporate education outfit -- was... Read more →

Libraries Serve As Health Insurance Info Hubs

By Elana Gordon, WHYY FEB 14, 2014 What can’t librarians do? Many are now becoming health insurance guides. The buzz at the American Library Association's winter meeting recently wasn't just about the annual awards (a.k.a. the book award "super bowl"); the Affordable Care Act was also on the agenda. Libraries across the country have been trying to meet a growing demand for health insurance information. At the Free Library of Philadelphia’s central branch, library coordinator... Read more →

Catholic Star Herald: In thanksgiving for a generous pastoral response

Much is printed in the secular press about the faults and failings of our Catholic priests. Much grumbling goes on from the laity as well, especially when we are not encouraging, dialoguing with, praying or supporting these men enough. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly express my thanksgiving to Father John Vignone, of St. Katharine Parish in Egg Harbor Township, for his very generous and pastoral response to me on Dec. 23rd.... Read more →

Isadore D. Esposito, of Woodbury Hts., Owner of Izzy Billiards, Loved Taking A Chance

Isadore ‘Izzy’ D. Esposito, age 76, of Woodbury Heights, peacefully at home on February 3, 2014. Izzy was a talented, and caring man, who enjoyed playing the odds of a casual gamble. He was born and raised in Cerva, Italy, but later immigrated to the US in his early years, and proudly served the US Navy during the Korean War. He owned Izzy’s Billiards for 30 years and enjoyed the thrill and excitement of taking... Read more →


When will the public, you and I, wake up and throw all of these bums out of office? We have no one else to blame but ourselves for allowing our communities, cities, and towns, and, our country for the present mess we are ***** Watch Politicians Promise Every Year They Won’t Raise the Debt Ceiling (VIDEO) Katrina Trinko February 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm--In a move about as a surprising as snow in the... Read more →