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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 surgery to replace his stomach, liver, pancreas, upper bowel and lower bowel. Officer Heywood was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had previously served as a corrections officer before joining the Georgia State University Police Department. Following the crash he became a member of the East Point Police Department where he served as a detective at the time of his passing. Please contact the following... 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 is survived by her daughter, mother, brother, and a grandson. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements: Commissioner Marshall Fisher Mississippi Department of Corrections 633 North State Street Jackson, MS 39202 SOURCE OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL page via Related articles OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Iris Smith Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Johnstown, Pennsylvania Wins Title of First-Ever "Kraft Hockeyville™ USA"... 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. Trooper Thyfault was killed and the trooper was critically injured. The driver of the vehicle was apprehended near the scene. Trooper Thyfault was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Colorado State Patrol for several weeks. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Trooper from the rank of Cadet. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:... 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 by William E. Cleary Sr. 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 structure and construction of a new bridge — including new abutments, bridge span, decking and parapets. The project also features new bridge approaches, new pedestrian sidewalks, new guide rails, traffic striping and roadway markings. The work began in August 2012. Camden County had originally announced it would be completed by the summer of 2013. In April Dan Keashen, a spokesman for the county, said the... Read more →

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

NJ State Trooper Anthony Raspa (photo NJ State Police) ( 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 law enforcement and took great pride in being a NJ State Trooper. He will forever be in our minds and in our hearts. The family is so appreciative of all of the love and support. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time as we continue to grieve." Trooper Raspa was killed Saturday morning in a traffic accident. He and another officer were... 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. Mrs. Friess commented, “A victim of Human Trafficking may look like many of the people you see every day of your lives.” She urged everyone to ask the right questions and pay attention to the indicators she supplied. “…there may only be one opportunity to speak with a victim of Human Trafficking…” Casey Binkley a teacher at Overbrook High School stated, “It’s horrifying to think... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Farewell to Lt. Robert Stavola

This radio farewell can be heard here on GTPD’s YouTube: 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 2, 2001, where he served as a Deputy Platoon Commander. Lt. Stavola was promoted to Lieutenant of Police on August 3, 2009 and served as the Honor Guard Unit Commander and as a Patrol Platoon Commander. Related articles Gloucester Township Police- Farewell to Lt. Edward Bryant on GTPD Radio NSB Police Chief Promotes 3 Officers Local officer to take part in Law Enforcement Torch... 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 which the judge ruled in Christie’s favor. The key was a YouTube video posted by the governor’s office from a town hall meeting during which Christie revealed so-called security secrets, particularly the number of state troopers assigned to the Executive Protection Unit. Jacobson said the video “completely undermines” Christie’s reasons for refusing to turn over the documents to New Jersey Watchdog – and criticized his... 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 was in the process of closing 23 schools when it issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to find vendors to move school property to other locations across the district. Wright, who at the time was a Manager of Small Business Development, used her position to make sure a vendor and related subcontractors – all friends and family – were paid with the public’s funds. “Priscilla... 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: Wikipedia) May 18-24 Reminder for the week: Tautog season closed through July 16, possession prohibited DOVER (May 29, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 18-24 made 2,784 contacts with anglers, boaters and the... 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 few votes. Click here to tweet your demand for real reforms so the Senate will hear us loud and clear. We've even written a tweet for you. Mozilla supports the USA FREEDOM Act as do privacy advocates, tech companies, the U.S. Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence. The Senate will return on Sunday afternoon with just hours left before the deadline. Use Twitter... Read more →


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 determine their efficacy. If data proved they were significantly successful, then various states would begin to consider adapting the proven elements into their own standards. Of course, this is not what actually happened. When the Common Core was first unveiled during the height of the “great recession,” states in pursuit of federal funding quickly signed onto the untested Common Core—for some of them, sight unseen.... 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 Wolfe WELL, THAT HAPPENED: The Golden Age of Women Twitter Q&A with Andrew Paavola of "Bully" Read more →


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 ( 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 Philadelphia for the 40th annual Odunde Festival and Tall Ships will sail into town joined by an absolutely massive rubber duck. Art lovers can explore an only-in-Philadelphia exhibition at The Oval and get tickets for a once-in-a-lifetime display of Impressionist masterpieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While you explore the city this month, be sure to keep an eye out for special #VISITPHILLY photo... Read more →

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

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 brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter. Beau's life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it 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. Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assocation, 3 Eves Drive, Suite 310, Marlton, NJ 08053. 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 students as the most outstanding instructor at the University. Nomination for this award by students is a tribute to the professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm and teaching skills of the faculty nominees as well as to the mutual respect that exists between the students and the faculty. “From the letters that students wrote to nominate her for this award, it is evident that she has encouraged, empowered... 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 2-year-old daughter was present with them during the alleged crimes. Amaya-Vasquez was arrested in Bellmawr early Tuesday morning after detectives in Kansas City received cell phone evidence that aided them in determining the victim was at the Super 8 Motel on the 300 block of the South Black Horse Pike and alerted Bellmawr Police. It is believed he had been passing through New Jersey with... 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 $3500). Also located were many items associated with the packaging and sales of narcotics. The resident of the apartment Renee E. Santiago 35 y/o female was charged with possession and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a Summons. Related articles Trenton police find crack in toilet during drug raid U.S Marshall's Arrest Brooklawn Resident for Attempted... 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 p.m. and 11 p.m., contact a health care provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness. The individual was unaware they were contagious while visiting the funeral home. Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency room. Special arrangements can be made for you to be evaluated while... 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 Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to create a positive economic and civic climate in the greater Gloucester County area, making it possible for its members and the community to grow and prosper. “We are thrilled to have Lisa as our first Board Chairwoman,” said Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Les Vail. “As a long standing board member, her contributions to our organization have been... 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 restraint and were able to place the individuals into custody by using verbal commands to avoid a dangerous encounter. Because of their quick actions and ability to effectively communicate, the officers were able to arrest an armed suspect without conflict – Taquan Allen, 19, of Camden, who was found to be in possession of a loaded .32 caliber I.N.A. revolver. The officers also arrested Yoselin... 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 curricula and textbooks that have been labeled “Common Core” but depart from the successful practices and principles of Catholic education, as well as standardized tests adjusted to Common Core standards that have been widely criticized. “It may at some point be possible to use parts of the Common Core in isolation in Catholic schools,” allows Dr. Dan Guernsey, the Newman Society’s director of K-12 education... 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 Carroll who just completed her 21st season at Rider. “She will definitely fight for playing time at both positions.” Oruska is a 5-6 first baseman, third baseman and outfielder who comes to Lawrenceville from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. “Ellie played primarily first base in high school,” Carroll said. “She has a big bat and we expect her to be a player that opposing pitchers aren’t going... 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 trooper who is not being identified yet, was killed in the crash. He was taken to CentraState Hospital in Freehold where he was declared by doctors. The second occupant, Trooper Gene Hong, 29, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton where he was treated for lacerations and a neck injury. He is expected to be released soon. Both troopers were assigned to Hamilton... 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 S.J. praying over two American Indians dressed in traditional clothing. Last Monday, just two days after graduation, it was removed from the location it has called home on campus for decades. A university spokesperson told St. Louis Magazine the statue will be placed within the “historical context of a collection that’s on permanent display in our SLU Museum of Art.” The statue is set for... 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 first learned that its neighbour was developing VSVs late last year when satellites caught images of early tests with the new technology in the East Sea. Intelligence officials in Seoul now estimate that at least seven of the vessels have been put into service on the west coast of the peninsula, with one of the craft recently sighted off Yongmae Island. The island is just... 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 its coverage, as well as his efforts to preserve choice and quality for future beneficiaries. “Our seniors are simply asking for some peace of mind and certainty when it comes to their benefits,” said Congressman Norcross. “ I am thankful to receive the 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion award but I am proud to say that protecting Medicare has been a real team effort that included... Read more →

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

By William E. Cleary Sr. 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 Station Cafe? No one knows! (CNB file photo) For some time now we have heard that a bakery will be moving into the empty train station building, at Monmouth and the railroad. However, we haven’t been able to confirm that rumor. The Monmouth Street business district, where the E-cigarettes business will be located, has been designated a non-smoking area by the City of Gloucester. *E-cigarettes... 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 traffic will be maintained at all times. The lanes are scheduled to be reopened by 7 a.m. Saturday with the new configuration in place. The new traffic pattern on Route 295 northbound just prior to the Creek Road Bridge is expected to be in place for two months and will include: · Shifting the Left and Center lanes to the left · Shifting the right... 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 biologist Joe Rogerson: “People who remove fawns from the wild may not realize some wildlife facts,” he said. “First and foremost, the fawn hasn’t been ‘abandoned’ at all. “So even if a fawn appears to be alone, the mother is likely bedded close by. Newborn fawns need to feed every few hours so the doe never strays far,” Rogerson said. “Fawns don’t become active enough... 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 on the 1900 block of South 8th Street and found Jahid Hudson, M/31, of Camden, lying on the living room floor with a gunshot wound. He was transported by ambulance to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 12:54 a.m. Preliminary findings indicate Hudson ran from the area of Ferry Avenue to the residence of an... 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 hospital’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration, in June 2015. Kennedy Nurse Manager Bill Quick (4thfrom left, top row) spearheaded the effort by recruiting associates to take part; about 25 employees and their family members helped out. Kennedy donated $10,000 in materials for the beautification project, which included paving, landscaping and planting of flowers and plants at the monument, which honors those who served in World War... Read more →

FBI Releases New Version of Child ID App

The FBI today is announcing a reboot of its popular Child ID App, which provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing. The application, which works on most Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, allows users to store up-to-date images and physical descriptions—like height, weight, birthmarks, etc.—that could help responders in the event of an emergency. The information is stored only on your device—not with your mobile provider or the FBI. The latest version of the Child ID App contains updated features, including high-resolution image capability, a default recipient field (where you can enter your local police department’s e-mail address, for example), and optional automatic reminders to update your children’s profiles. Current users of the Child ID App are encouraged to download the latest version for improved performance and capabilities. Please note that... Read more →

Happenings at Center City District Parks

Dilworth Park offers a place to sit and enjoy urban life on the west side of City Hall. Open 7 days a week, 6am-1am. Broad and Market Streets | | Facebook Park Features Rosa Blanca Café, M-F: 8am-9pm; Sa & Su: 11am-7pm Now with a full-service bar 5-9pm M-F and all day on the weekends. Capogiro @ Dilworth Park, 7 days: 11am-10pm (Starting June 1, weather dependent) XFINITY WiFi is now available throughout Dilworth Park! June Happenings @ Dilworth Park Some programs are weather permitting. Schedule and performances subject to change. Tuesdays at 8:30pm Pictures in the Park Get lost in the latest Hollywood blockbusters right in the cozy confines of William Penn's new front yard. Bring your own chair, grab dinner and a drink at Rosa Blanca Café, and then settle in for a one-of-a-kind cinema experience. June 2: Draft Day PG-13 June 9: Into... Read more →

A Wonderful Story, Patriot PAWS Service Dogs

Source Big Geek Daddy Click Here to get the Video of the Day A wonderful story from Texas Country Reporter and the work being done to support our Veterans by Lori Stevens and her organization Patriot PAWS. She and her staff spend two years training each service dog at a cost of roughly $30,000 before it is placed with a Veteran at no cost to the Veteran. The Veterans aren’t the only ones who benefit though as a big part of the dogs training is conducted by prison inmates who are able to use their time to do something positive for someone else. If you’d like to learn more about this awesome organization or make a donation to their effort checkout the Patriot PAWS website. Please also consider sharing this video with a friend or two. Related articles (PHOTOS) Tom Sullivan's SERVICE DOGS (or pets)! Dog shot in the face... Read more →


press release The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella. The yearlong extraordinary jubilee also will include several individual jubilee days, such as for the Roman Curia, catechists, teenagers and prisoners, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the office organizing events for the Holy Year of Mercy. During a news conference at the Vatican May 5, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the official prayer, logo, calendar of events and other details of the special Holy Year, which will be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016. The motto, “Merciful Like the Father,” he said, “serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the... Read more →

CNBNEWS ARCHIVES: Domicans Have A Long History of Service in Gloucester City

CNBNEWS ARCHIVES POSTED Thursday, May 07, 2009 By Lois Staas Most of the history of St. Mary School in Gloucester City is the history of the Order of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary. With great care and dedication, they have taught the children of Gloucester City for 126 years. In 1873 at the request of Father Egbert Kars, the first four sisters arrived from Newburgh, NY, to become an enduring part not only of the Catholic Community of St. Mary’s, but all of Gloucester City and environs. In the early days laity taught at St. Mary’s. Some of them were Henry Conaty, Mary Gorman, Katherine Murphy, Henry Phepoe, Hattie Thompson, and Annie Whittington. PHOTO: THE FORMER ST. MARY CONVENT, Sussex and Ridgeway Streets With the purchase of a small house by Mother Augustine, Sister Superior M. Josepha, Sister M. Josepha, Sister M. Ignatia, Sister M. Vincentia, and a... Read more →

Riversharks Defeated in Extra Innings

press release Camden City NJ May 28, 2015-- – The Camden Riversharks mounted a late comeback but would eventually fall to the York Revolution, 5-4, in extra innings Thursday afternoon. Rivershark bats were quiet to begin the contest, as Revolution starter Rommie Lewis stifled the 'Sharks lineup, allowing just three hits and striking out seven in six shutout innings. In the meantime, the Revolution offense added single runs in three innings to give the visitors a 3-0 lead after six innings. Beginning in the seventh inning, the Riversharks lineup snapped their cold streak as Carlos Guzman belted his third homerun of the season off of the scoreboard in right center, cutting the deficit to 3-2. After 'Sharks pitcher Eric Smith tossed his second straight scoreless inning of relief in the eighth, the 'Sharks would push another run across homeplate, courtesy of a Guzman single that scored Ryan Strieby, to tie... Read more →

Donna O’Brien Age 62. Of Gloucester City.

On May 20, 2015. Age 62. Of Gloucester City. Born in Hanover Twp., NJ, she was the daughter of the late William G. and Lavenia R. (Yarbrough) O’Brien. Donna worked for many years in the accounting profession with several local businesses and was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church. She is survived by her many loving and devoted friends including Ryan Schultz and her feline and canine companions. Donna lived her life in a way that showed the best way to have friends is to be a friend. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, followed by burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Gibbsboro, NJ. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Donna O’Brien. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ. Phone: 856-456-1142 Related articles Coach... Read more →


Trial Continued for Suspect Accused of Attacking Gloucester City Resident with a Hammer

by William E. Cleary Sr. PHILADELPHIA PA May 28, 2015 {}—The Commonwealth vs. Nathaniel Maybin Jr. trial scheduled for today before Judge Sean F. Kennedy was continued as a result of last minute evidence being presented by Maybin’s attorney Allan Jeffrey Sagot. Maybin is charged with allegedly attacking Gloucester City resident David Woods Sr. with a hammer on February 20, 2014 around 5PM as he walked out of a West Philadelphia store, at 49th and Lancaster. The 47-year-old Woods was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Penn (HUP) where he underwent three hours of surgery to repair an eight-inch hole in his skull. He now has a titanium plate in his head. As a result of the attack, he is permanently disabled. Today’s trial was scheduled for 9AM, but it didn’t begin until 1:25 PM. When the court was out for lunch Sagot presented into evidence a videotape... Read more →

Watchdog covers civil asset forfeiture:

Richland Police took $4.1 million from motorists and built a police station

Last year in Philadelphia, Chris Sourovelis and his family lost their home after his son was caught by police selling $40 of heroin - photo provided By Andrew Collins Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 RICHLAND, MISSISSIPPI--At first glance, residents of Richland, Mississippi were probably thankful for their new $4.1 million police station, complete with a top-level training center and a fleet of black-and-white Dodge Charger police cars, especially with the sign announcing that funds for it were “tearfully donated by drug dealers.” It seemed like a win-win. After all, who could argue against money from bad guys going to keep us safe? Mississippi Watchdog reporter Steven Wilson, however, took a deeper look at the Richland Police Department, and uncovered a much different story behind the new station. While much of the money may have come from drug dealers, it was acquired through a much more controversial practice: civil asset forfeiture –... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing News Delaware: 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6

Entry forms available now online DOVER (May 26, 2015) – As part of its activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear. The tournament is open to youths ages 4 through 15. An adult must accompany youths under age 12 and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. in three age groups: 4 through 7, 8 through 11 and 12 through 15. The tournament is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to arrive before 10 a.m. to register for the tournament. The tournament was established to introduce youth to the... Read more →

CNB Crime: Samuel K. Davis of Paulsboro Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing 79-Year-Old

WOODBURY NJ May 27, 2015--Determining that the convicted killer of a 79-year-old Paulsboro NJ woman qualified for an extended prison sentence because of a criminal record that included two rapes, a judge has sentenced Samuel K. Davis (12/5/66) of Paulsboro to life in prison with no possibility of parole in the death of Thirza Sweeten, whose body was found beaten, strangled and stabbed in her 1563 South Delaware St. home on 3/19/12. “The defendant preyed upon an elderly and infirm victim who was alone in her Paulsboro home,” Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith said, according to the court’s recording of the 5/21/15 proceeding. The victim “was physically incapable of defending herself from such a vicious attack,” Judge Smith said. “The defendant is a persistent offender,” Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor told Judge Smith in arguing for an extended prison term for Davis. AP Williamson presented the prosecution’s case against Davis... Read more →

SOUND OFF: An Open Letter to Gov. Chris Christie:

There have been so many wrong things you have done to the people of Camden. I was on the ballot with you in 2009 as a Camden County Republican Committee member for Camden, a place you claimed to have so close to your heart. I supported you at every event you held in Camden, along with my friend Angel Cordero. I was appointed as the municipal chairman for Camden from 2009 to 2011 and requested on numerous occasions a meeting with you and attempted to visit your office only to be treated like a criminal being interviewed by your staff in an interrogation room. I was coming with a consent agenda calling for foot patrols in Camden. It was the intention of the mayor and the chief to drive up the crime and hold the people hostage in their own homes until they submitted to your endorsed plan to relinquish... Read more →


LaSure-Owens Honored at Governor’s Awards in Arts Education for Helping to Restore Arts Programming to Her District BURLINGTON, N.J. (May 26, 2015) –The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation will honor Pleasantville, N.J. educator Tamar LaSure-Owens for her outstanding arts advocacy at the 35th annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. This year’s Awards, which promote awareness and appreciation for the arts, will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at the Patriots Theatre at The War Memorial in Trenton. Each year, ArtPride New Jersey recognizes an adult who connects the broader public community to arts education by increasing awareness of how the arts positively affect a school and/or school district. A Basic Skills Intervention Teacher at Pleasantville High School, LaSure-Owens recruited a diverse group of arts advocates to convince school board members to restore arts programming in their district. With the help of a nearby arts group, the Pleasantville community was able to... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Junior High Students Honored During Academic Honors Banquet

SOURCE GCHS GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--Congratulations to all Gloucester Catholic Junior High School recipients during the 26th Annual Academic Honors Banquet on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Masso's Crystal Manor in Glassboro. In this photo, (L to R) Devon Tindley, Megan Laskowski, and Lauren Parker proudly display their awards certificates! Complete photo highlights from a memorable evening may be found on the Gloucester Catholic Facebook page at! Related articles Junior high choir concert to be held Thursday 'Not just blossoming, but flourishing:' Glassboro elementary school builds teaching garden Monrovia Journal: Liberia's Military Tries to Remedy Tension Over Ebola Quarantine Behind the Scenes: Cooking A Feast For Students At North Junior High School [VIDEO] Delaware middle school, junior high students "sun their engines" in 2015 Junior Solar Sprint Read more →

CNB MEDICAL NEWS: New Jersey Department of Health Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the New Jersey Department of Health is highlighting the devastating health effects of the condition and encouraging residents to be alert for the signs of stroke. "Stroke is an important public health challenge and despite advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, stroke remains the 3rd leading cause of death in New Jersey and it is the number one cause of disability in our state," said New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd. A stroke is caused when a blood clot blocks the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. If the supply of blood or oxygen is not quickly restored permanent brain damage or death can occur. "The best way to prevent a stroke is to watch your weight, avoid smoking,... Read more →

Leader of Violent California Gang Sentenced

The cash, weapons, and drugs seized from a hidden compartment in the so-called “trap car” used by California drug trafficker and gang leader Luis Manual Tapia. Operations Financed Through Drug and Firearms Trafficking Luis Manuel Tapia was a high-powered leader of one of Ventura County’s largest and deadliest gangs—the Colonia Chiques. He was often heard encouraging younger gang members to assault rival gang members, kill suspected informants, enhance the gang’s drug and weapons trafficking operations, and maintain territorial dominance by any means possible. But after an extensive investigation by the Ventura County Violent Crimes Task Force—made up of FBI agents and officers from the Oxnard and Ventura Police Departments—Tapia, 39, was convicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles and sentenced last month to six life terms without parole plus an additional 55-year consecutive term. Four other key Colonia Chiques members and associates who were charged with Tapia previously... Read more →