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May 2015

OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Toure Heywood, Georgia State University Police Department

ATLANTA ,GEORGIA May 28, 2015--Police Officer Toure Heywood succumbed to injuries sustained 12 years earlier when he was struck by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop. As he spoke to the occupants of the vehicle a second vehicle struck the first car head-on and then struck him. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in ICU for several days. His health continued to deteriorate as a result of the incident. On May 28th, 2015, he passed away while undergoing organ transplant... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Iris Janett Smith, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi

JACKSON MS (May 25, 2015)--Sergeant Iris Smith was killed in a vehicle collision at approximately 3:15 pm when the prisoner transport van she was driving collided with the back of a tractor trailer on U.S. 49, at J M Tatum Industrial Drive, in Hattiesburg. She was following an ambulance that was transporting an inmate to a local hospital when the crash occurred. Sergeant Smith had served with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for 15 years and was assigned to the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. She... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Trooper Taylor Thyfault, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

LAKEWOOD CO (May 23, 2015)--Trooper Taylor Thyfault was struck and killed by a vehicle that was fleeing from other officers. Trooper Thyfault was riding along with a trooper as part of his required training and was at the scene of an unrelated vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 66, near Weld County Road 1. As they conducted their accident investigation, a vehicle pursuit approached their location. The trooper and Trooper Thyfault were deploying stop sticks when the offender swerved struck both of them with his vehicle.... Read more →


CNB Tips and Snippets: At Long Last; 10 New Lieutenants and 3 New Captains; Consumer Tip

The repairs to the bridge that connects Gloucester City with Brooklawn has been completed ...for now. In the near future work will start to correct the flooding in that area, according to a County spokesperson. Looking north towards Gloucester City (photo credit CNBNews.net) by William E. Cleary Sr. CNBNews.net THREE YEARS LATER—At long last the first phase of the reconstruction of the Broadway Bridge (Camden County Route 551)between Gloucester City and Brooklawn has been completed. The $4.15 million project included the demolition of the existing... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: The Family of New Jersey State Trooper Anthony Raspa Issues Statement

NJ State Trooper Anthony Raspa (photo NJ State Police) (CNBNews.net)The family of New Jersey State Trooper Anthony Raspa issued the following statement regarding the death of their son. "Today our family lost an incredible son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend and person. Anthony was a phenomenal young man with a heart of gold and a passion for life. While he is no longer physically with us, we are so grateful for the 24 years of love and loyalty we shared with him. Anthony was passionate about... Read more →


NJ Human Trafficking Task Force Presents Program to 600 Overbrook High School Students

PINE HILL NJ--On Wednesday, May 27th, Kathleen Friess (Human Trafficking Program Coordinator at the NJ Division of Criminal Justice – Office of the Attorney General) visited Overbrook High School and presented the topic of Human Trafficking to students and staff members. The assembly was approximately 90 minutes, during which Mrs. Friess’ passion for the topic was demonstrated as she captivated the 600+ student and teacher filled auditorium. During the presentation, the audience was reminded that this horrible truth takes place every day in our communities.... Read more →


Gloucester Township Police Farewell to Lt. Robert Stavola

This radio farewell can be heard here on GTPD’s YouTube: https://youtu.be/wYRyFphiapo Effective June 1, 2015 Lt. Stavola will retire after serving 25 years as a Law Enforcement Officer. Lt. Stavola served as a Class I Special Law Enforcement Officer and a Part Time Dispatcher for the Gloucester Township Police Department from 1990-1995, before being hired by the Gloucester Township Police Department. Lt. Stavola has served the Department honorably as a DARE Officer, a Field Training Officer, and was promoted to Sergeant of Police on July... Read more →


Christie’s YouTube moment backfires in court

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog A New Jersey judge is giving Gov. Chris Christie one more chance to explain why his office should not release to New Jersey Watchdog records of nearly $1 million his state police protectors charged to his office’s American Express credit cards. “I’m not convinced it is essential to the governor’s security to withhold details,” said Judge Mary C. Jacobson on Thursday during a hearing in Mercer County Superior Court. That marked an apparent reversal from similar cases in... Read more →


Grand Jury Recommends Charging School District Employee with Conflict of Interest and Perjury

Priscilla Wright allegedly used her position to steer $900,000 in contracts to her friends and family By City Of Philadelphia Philadelphia District Attorney makes arrest and is proceeding with prosecution PHILADELPHIA (May 27, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that a grand jury has recommended charging Priscilla Wright with Conflict of Interest and Perjury for using her position at the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to steer a $900,000 contract to her friends and family. In March of 2013, the SDP... Read more →


DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter:

English: The eastern entrance to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal at Reedy Point, Delaware. Fort Dupont State park is at the right. The Reedy Point Bridge, carrying Delaware State Route 9, is visible in the distance. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge McFarland is exiting the channel. View is to the east. The channel entrance is located on the Delaware River in New Castle County, Delaware, USA. IMO Number: 7739856 MMSI Number: 338997000 Callsign: AEGB Length: 100 m Beam: 24 m (Photo credit:... Read more →


Letters: A big moment for mass surveillance reform

Last weekend, Congress had a chance to reform mass surveillance under the USA Patriot Act. Ultimately it was blocked by a small but powerful minority in the Senate. In 48 hours Congress will take up the issue of mass surveillance again -- and it's our best chance yet to see meaningful reform. The Senate fell just three votes short of advancing real reforms to the NSA's sweeping surveillance programs last weekend. But the fight's not over yet -- and we need to influence just a... Read more →


COMMON CORE TURNS FIVE

May 28, 2015, at 2:32 PM 5/28/2015 | By Dan Guernsey | The Cardinal Newman Society G.K. Chesterton once wisely suggested that a child should not be subjected to an educational philosophy younger than he is. Such wisdom would relegate the Common Core to preschool—and a public preschool at that, but certainly not America’s Catholic schools. In a saner world the Common Core State Standards, which were first unveiled in June 2010, would just be coming out of beta testing in a small-scale study to... Read more →


N.J.'s best bars: Overall winners

DRINKING JERSEY: HOW WE DID IT Five weeks, 60 bars, thousands of miles, a gazillion recommendations and comments, and one hangover: The N.J.'s best bars showdown was an undertaking the likes of which will never be seen again. Which is probably a good thing, because I'm not sure I'd survive round two. From a list of… Read more →


CNB Comics:

JEROME by Dave Wolfe

Vol. I No. 49 (May 31, 2015) Editors Note: Every Sunday morning a we will post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 14. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click on the image to enlarge) Related articles CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave Wolfe CNB Comics: JEROME by Dave... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA JUNE HIGHLIGHTS: TOP 10 EVENTS

The Washington Monument, sculpted by Rudolf Siemering, in Eakins Oval, just in front of the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Photo taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PHILADELPHIA PA (CNBNews.net)--Celebrate the pending summer season with massive outdoor festivals, pop-up parks and blockbuster exhibitions in Philadelphia throughout the month of June. This month cyclists from around the world will take on the infamous Manayunk Wall during the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, thousands will pack the streets of South... Read more →


Beau Biden Dies of Brain Cancer; Vice-President Issues Statement /CNBNews.net

May 30, 2015 at 9:45pm Vice President Biden late Saturday announced the death of his son Beau Biden. Here is his statement: It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life. The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his... Read more →


Obituary | Irene J. Beebe of W. Collingswood Heights

Irene J. Beebe (nee Hojlo), on May 28, 2015, formerly of W. Collingswood Heights. Age 93. Beloved wife of the late Edmond. Devoted mother of Diane Lodgson (Wayne), Herbert Beebe (Dolores), and Mary Collins (Terry L.). Loving grandmother of Pauline Sbinault (Jon), Keith Cowgill, Gregory Beebe, Dan Beebe (Andrea), and Dave Beebe (Elisha) and dear great grandmother of Jonny, Mackenzie, and Madelyn. There will be a visitation from 10am to 11am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Service 11am Monday at the funeral home.... Read more →


Deptford’s Dr. Bela Peethambaran Receives USciences’ 2015 Lindback Foundation Award

The honor was presented at the University’s 194th Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2015 Philadelphia, Pa. (May 28, 2015)—University of the Sciences presented the 2015 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching to Bela Peethambaran, PhD, assistant professor of biology. The Deptford Township, NJ, resident received the honor on May 20, 2015, at the University’s 194th commencement ceremony. The Lindback Award, which is funded through a gift from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, is given annually to a faculty member recognized by the... Read more →


CNB CRIME: Missouri Man Arrested in Bellmawr for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault

BELLMAWR NJ MAY 28, 2015--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh reported a Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting his estranged girlfriend. Jose C. Amaya-Vasquez, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., is alleged to have kidnapped the 27-year-old mother of his child at knifepoint in the Kansas City area on Saturday. He is also accused of sexually assaulting the victim at a vacant house in Missouri, a motel in Ohio and a motel in Bellmawr. Their... Read more →


CNB CRIME: Lindenwold Police Search Warrant Yields $3500 Worth of Heroin and Marijuana

LINDENWOLD NJ--On May 27, 2015 Detectives from the Lindenwold Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Suburban Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the Belmont Apartments on the White Horse Pike. The search warrant resulted from a month long investigation into the sales of narcotics at that location. The warrant was executed by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department Special Emergency Response Team. The search of the apartment yielded 273 packets of heroin and 41 jars of marijuana (a combined street value of approximately... Read more →


Measles Exposures Related to Confirmed Case, Health Dept. Urges Residents to Get Vaccinations

TRENTON NJ MAY 29, 2015--The New Jersey Department of Health has identified a person confirmed to have measles who may have exposed people at a funeral home in Fords, Middlesex County on May 11 and 14. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can cause serious medical complications. As a result, the Department recommends that anyone who visited Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave., Fords, on Monday, May 11, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Thursday, May 14 between 1:30... Read more →


Kennedy Health’s Lisa Morina Named Chair of Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce

Voorhees, NJ – Lisa Morina, Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs with Kennedy Health, has been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Morina, who had formerly served as the Chamber’s Vice Chair, will serve a two-year term for the organization, which currently has 785 members. As the board’s chief elected officer, she will preside over all board and executive board meetings, as well as serving as the ex officio member of all Chamber committees. The... Read more →


CCPD Officers Engage Four Suspects, Recover Loaded Handgun, Illegal Drugs

(Camden, NJ) MAY 28, 2015– Officers on bike patrol Tuesday caught one suspect in possession of a loaded gun and another suspect in possession of 25 bags of heroin after observing four individuals handling a weapon. Officers Rocco Belloni, Jarred Levenson and Matthew Plisak were on bike patrol addressing quality of life issues on the 200 block of Mount Vernon Street around 1 p.m. when they observed four individuals in a vacant lot handling a gun. Facing a potentially volatile situation, the officers exercised tremendous... Read more →


Five Years Since Launch of Common Core, Concerns Remain for Catholic Schools

May 28, 2015, at 3:06 PM 5/28/2015 | By Justin Petrisek, CNS Staff Five years after the official release of the Common Core State Standards on June 2, 2010, The Cardinal Newman Society has released two new reports on the experimental reform and remains convinced that the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards by themselves are insufficient and even potentially harmful for Catholic schools, which must keep Christ and the Catholic faith as the true core of education. Even more disconcerting are the many... Read more →


NJ Spotlight on College Students from Widener, Elizabethtown, JMU, Marist and Bucknell

Six Widener University Students Commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army CHESTER, PA (05/28/2015)(readMedia)-- Six Widener University students were commissioned as a second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during the Dauntless Battalion ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at Widener on May 14. Megan Capobianco of Clementon, N.J. graduated from Widener on May 15 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Capobianco assignment will be determined in August. She had her rank pinned on by her mother, Camille Whittick and her father, Joseph Capobianco. Benjamin Dungan of Lumberton,... Read more →


Rider University Softball Adds Two

College Softball LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University softball team has announced the addition of two players who will continue their athletic and academic careers as members of the class of 2019. Coming to Rider University this fall are Kiera Swank and Ellie Oruska who signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs). Swank, is a 5-8 catcher/outfielder from Bear, Delaware (Caravel Academy) where she was a three-year starter and team captain for the perennial state champions as an All-State honoree. “Kiera has a good bat,” said head coach Tricia... Read more →


Deer Crash Causes Death of a NJ State Trooper and the Injury of a Second

May, 30,2015 Upper Freehold Twp, Monmouth County, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police are deeply saddened to report that a troop car accident early this morning resulted in the death of one of the two troopers who were in the vehicle. The Ford Crown Victoria was patrolling eastbound on Interstate 195 when it struck a deer and then ran off the right side of the road into some trees at at 12:48 a.m. today. No other vehicles were involved. The driver, a 24-year-old male... Read more →


Complaints prompt Catholic university to remove statue of priest praying over Indians

by Nathan Rubbelke-Saint Louis University Saint Louis University has removed a statue on its campus depicting a famous Jesuit missionary priest praying over American Indians after a cohort of students and faculty continued to complain the sculpture symbolized white supremacy, racism and colonialism. Formerly placed outside the university’s Fusz Hall in the center of the private Catholic university, the statue will go to the university’s art museum, a building just north of the bustling urban campus. The statue features famous Jesuit Missionary Pierre-Jean De Smet... Read more →


North Korea deploys new generation of fast warships / The Telegraph

By Julian Ryall, Tokyo May 28,2015 North Korea has deployed a new generation of high-speed, radar-evading warship designed to infiltrate special forces into South Korean territory. The Very Slender Vessel sits low in the water and is designed to pierce waves instead of riding over them. Capable of travelling at nearly 60 mph, the craft are armed with heavy machine guns and torpedoes, with the JoongAng Ilbo quoting South Korean military officials as saying the ships pose a "new threat" to its security. South Korea... Read more →


Norcross Named 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion

Susan and Tom Jelinski presenting Rep. Donald Norcross with Coalition for Medicare Choices’ 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion Award (photo provided) Cherry Hill, NJ – Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ01) was named 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion by the Coalition for Medicare Choices. Presented by longtime Voorhees residents Susan and Tom Jelinski on behalf of the 1.8 million members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices, the award recognizes the Congressman’s commitment to protect Medicare Advantage for the millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities who currently depend on... Read more →


CNB TIPS AND SNIPPETS: Some Good and Some Bad; Farewell Dot; Pennsauken Cops Happy

By William E. Cleary Sr. CNBNews.net GOOD NEWS FOR GLOUCESTER CITY—A nail salon will soon be occupying the empty building at 102 South Broadway and an electronic cigarette and vapor supplies business will be moving into 524 Monmouth Street. We have also learned that Chubby’s Streak House, Monmouth and Burlington Streets plans to open sometime in July or early August. The building was a doctor’s office at one time and before that it was a pharmacy. Will a bakery be moving into the empty Train... Read more →


New traffic pattern to be in place for two months on Direct Connect Project

Route 295 northbound lane closures tonight in Bellmawr (Trenton) May 29, 2015-- New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced lane closures on Route 295 northbound tonight to set up a new traffic pattern as part of the Direct Connect Project in Bellmawr, Camden County. Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, Friday May 29, NJDOT’s contractor PKF Mark III, Inc. will close two lanes on Route 295 northbound to set up a new traffic pattern to set up a safe work zone. One lane of... Read more →


‘Abandoned’ fawns: What you should know – and should not do if you ‘find’ them

DOVER DELWARE (May 28, 2015) – Fawning season for white-tailed deer in Delaware has begun, with most fawns born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year at about this time, well-meaning individuals call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife about “abandoned” fawns, thinking that “doing the right thing” means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator. Actually, that’s the wrong thing to do, according to Division of Fish & Wildlife Program Manager and... Read more →


31-Year-Old Man Murdered in Camden

CAMDEN CITY NJ May 27,2015--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a homicide in the city early this morning. Camden County Communications received a 911 call at approximately 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday about a gunshot victim in the area of 8th and Jefferson streets in Camden. Additionally, the Camden County Police Department’s Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center (RTTOIC) received a ShotSpotter activation for gunfire in the 700 block of Ferry Avenue. Responding officers were directed to a residence... Read more →


Kennedy – Stratford Hospital Staff Volunteer to Beautify Local Landmark

Stratford, NJ --Staff members from Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, NJ – including hospital Chief Administrative Officer Bob Aulicino (4th from right, top row)and Chief Nursing Officer Marianne Kraemer, MSN, RN (4th from left, front row) -- gave up some of their free time over the Memorial Day holiday weekend to beautify the Stratford, NJ, Borough War Memorial at the intersection of Union Avenue and East Laurel Road. The Kennedy – Stratford associates, pictured, decided to undertake this community outreach project to tie with the... Read more →