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CAMDEN CITY NJ JUNE 28,2015--Camden County prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson announce: On 06-27-2015 at approximately 0445 hours Camden Metro Officers responded to the 1400 block of Rose Street for a Shot Spotter activation. Officers found two gunshot victims at 1160 Lansdowne Avenue. Javan Boyd, 07-27-1983, and Lashana Davis, Age 28, were suffering from gunshot injuries. Both were rushed to Cooper Medical Center. Boyd succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced at 0633 hours. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is urged to contact CCPO Homicide Detective John Hunsinger, or CCMPD Detective John Waida. Anonymous tips can be left as well on CCPO e mail: Read more →

Driver apparently jumps to death from the Delaware Memorial Bridge

XxxThe incident took place on the westbound span that carries traffic from New Jersey to Delaware around 5:30 a.m., according to Jim Salmon, spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, operator of the bridge. NEW CASTLE, Del. -- A driver apparently jumped to his or her death from the Delaware Memorial Bridge early today, officials said. The incident took place on the westbound span that carries traffic from New Jersey to Delaware around 5:30 a.m., according to Jim Salmon, spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, operator of the… Read more →

Op-Ed: Waste Through the Grapevine

TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE Volume XX No.26: June 26, 2015 In its last week before summer recess, the Supreme Court released an opinion that will impact every taxpayer. No, we’re not referring to cases involving tax credits for health care or the legality of same-sex marriage. We’re talking raisins. In Horne v USDA the Court pruned one branch of the tangled web of taxpayer supports that have grown up for agriculture. Lawmakers should follow the Court’s lead and sap the juice out of many other outdated and costly agricultural giveaways. If you’re in California and grow grapes you plan to turn into raisins, you have to contend with the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC), or as we like to say RAC-ket. Every year this government-backed cartel, err industry committee, will tell you what percentage of your crop you must hand over to them in order to keep the price of raisins... Read more →

19 N.J. schools improve enough to get off federal warning list

The U.S Department of Education is removing 19 New Jersey schools from federal "focus" status, meaning the schools have improved student achievement, according to the state. The schools being removed from the list are in 10 different counties, including four in both Hudson and Mercer counties and three in Union County. Orange High School is the… The U.S Department of Education is removing 19 New Jersey schools from federal "focus" status, meaning the schools have improved student achievement, according to the state. The schools being removed from the list are in 10 different counties, including four in both Hudson and Mercer counties and three in Union County. Orange High School is the… Read more →

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: June 15-21 |

Reminder for the week: Observe safety precautions when towing water skiers DOVER (June 26, 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 June 15-21 made 2,327 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 254 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 64 complaints and issued 44 citations. This week, with an expanded Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continuing to be deployed as a deterrent, no citations were issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail. An incident of particular note was: On June 19, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested commercial fisherman Travis J. Mick, 32, of Milford, for three counts of collecting horseshoe crabs in... Read more →

Christie vetoes tax hikes as he nears White House run -

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog Preparing to run for the White House, Gov. Chris Christie polished his image as a tax-cutter Friday with a billion dollars’ worth of vetoes to the state budget passed by the New Jersey Legislature. Politically, it was good timing for Christie, who plans to formally announce his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday at Livingston High School, his alma mater. The governor vetoed a “millionaire’s tax” that would have raised an estimated $688 million, plus a one-year increase in the corporate tax to generate an additional $435 million. The Democratic-controlled Senate and Assembly sought those funds to help restore $1.8 billion Christie had slashed from next year’s annual pension contribution. “If I had the money today to make the full pension payment, I would,” said Christie, speaking at a news conference. “We don’t— and I’m not going to raise taxes on all... Read more →

CCPD Officers have saved 19 lives this month using Narcan

(Camden CITY NJ) JUNE 26, 2015– Camden County Police Department officers have now saved the lives of 93 overdose victims by administering the anti-opiod medication Narcan, including 19 so far in June. One of the saves was made by an officer who just graduated from the police academy earlier this month. Monday, officers made two saves in separate incidents. Shortly after 1 p.m., Officer Steve Sooy was on patrol in the area of 7th & Pine streets when he was advised about an unconscious man inside a parked pick-up truck. Officer Sooy quickly located the man, who was struggling to breathe and turning blue. Officer Sooy administered Narcan and the man began to regain consciousness after a few minutes. He was then taken to Cooper University Hospital. Then, just before 11:30 p.m., Officer Daryl Albert responded to the area of Mount Ephraim Avenue and Admiral Wilson Boulevard where a man... Read more →


LEWES (June 26, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 19.7-pound blueline tilefish caught on June 19 in the Atlantic Ocean’s Baltimore Canyon, some 65 miles offshore. William Fintel of Lewes caught the 33-inch-long blueline tilefish aboard the charter boat Snow Goose with Captain Ed Sigda at the helm. The record catch was initially confirmed at Lewes Harbour Marina and then verified by Officer Adam Roark, Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. The catch is recognized as a state record since the fish was caught aboard a boat that left from and returned to a Delaware port. (DNREC Division of Fish & Wlldlife photo) Relatively new to the tournament, blueline tilefish are becoming quite popular among salt water anglers. “Other blueline tilefish have been submitted to the tournament,” said Garry Glanden, Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament... Read more →

Demarcus Drew Sentenced to Prison for 24 Years for Murder of Camden Resident

CAMDEN CITY NJ JUNE 26, 2015--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson announce: Today Judge Kelley sentenced defendant Demarcus Drew to 24 years NJ state prison, Drew will have to complete 15 years without parole, for the homicide of victim Marvin Simpson at the intersection of Rose and Whitman Sts., Camden, on November 4, 2011. Drew shot Simpson 5 times killing him. Drew was found guilty by a jury on May 6, 2015 of Passion/Provocation Manslaughter and several Handgun Offenses. Assistant Prosecutor Peter Crawford tried the case. Case Detectives are Detective Miguel Rubert, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Lt. Jeff Frampton, Camden County Metro Police Department. Read more →


press release June 26, 2015 BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard responded Friday after a boat caught fire on the Magothy River near Dobbins Island. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report at approximately 10 a.m., stating the owner was aboard a dingy when his boat was caught fire. A Baltimore City Fire Department crew aboard Fireboat 1 the John R. Frazier, an 85-foot fireboat, was on scene fighting the fire when the Coast Guard crew arrived. “Upon arrival we located the anchored 26-foot cabin cruiser on fire,” said Firefighter Adam Glassman, with the Baltimore City Fire Department Marine Division. “While we where extinguishing the fire the Coast Guard crew arrived and greatly assisted us with scene security and extinguishment of the vessel. It's great to have such a positive working relationship with other maritime agencies.” “We were the second asset on scene with firefighting capabilities,” said Petty Officer... Read more →

Obituary: J. Kenneth Davis formerly of Audubon

On June 21, 2015, formerly of Audubon, NJ and Salem County, NJ. Age 81 years. Beloved husband of 45 years to Mary O. Davis (nee Chipman). Dear father of Rosemarie (Michael) Ball, Michael (Silvia) Murphy and James Davis. Loving grandfather of Emma Ball and Mandy Murphy. Brother of Edna (Winfred) Richie and brother-in-law to Herbert (Doris) Chipman and the late Robert (Elizabeth) Chipman. Mr. Davis was a 1970 graduate of Rutgers University, Camden, NJ with a B.A. in History. He was a longtime employee of the Camden County Board of Social Services. He was an active member of Greyhound Friends of NJ where he fostered many dogs and was also active in Therapy Dogs, Inc. where he volunteered with dogs for nursing and pediatric facilities. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation on Thursday, July 2nd, 10 to 11 AM at the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, 250 White Horse... Read more →

Obituary | Angelo Macrina of Runnemede, New Jersey | Gardner Funeral Home

Angelo Macrina Born: July 29, 1931 Died: June 25, 2015 Angelo Macrina, on June 25, 2015, of Runnemede, formerly of South Philadelphia. Age 83. Beloved husband of Rose (nee Bruno) for 58 years. Devoted father of Domenic (Bonnie), Angela Christiansen (Bob), Mark (Karyn), Renee Collins, Mariann Siciliano (Philip), Josephine Marmarou, and Rose Olsen (Frank). Loving grandfather of Nicky, Alexis, Taylore, Stephen, Angelo, Tori, Philip, Ashley, Francesca, Erika, Gabrielle, John, Peyton, Morgan, Halle, and Chris. Also survived by his faithful companion, Tikka. Angelo proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, was a former Philadelphia Police Officer, and was a dedicated Inspector for USDA for 30 years. He was a member of Holy Child Parish Men’s Club, he taught RCIA and Religious Education classes at St. Teresa’s Parish, he was a former coach for RYAA, and loved playing pinochle with his grandchildren. There will be a viewing... Read more →

CNB CRIME: Father Found GUILTY of Shooting his young Daughter

CAMDEN CITY NJ JUNE 26, 2015 ( County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson announce: On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 a jury convicted Byaer Johnson of First Degree Attempted Murder as well as several other charges relating to the defendant shooting his 11 year old daughter in the face, on January 24, 2013. This verdict came after the testimony of the young victim, now paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of the shooting, who confronted her father in open court. During the trial, testimony showed that defendant visited the victim at her mother’s home in Camden on the night of the incident, and while sitting with the victim, her mother, and the victim’s stepfather in the living room, the defendant revealed a handgun and stated, “Allah Akbar. We all must die,” walked toward his daughter, told her to shut up and... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Christopher Kelley, Hutto, Texas

Hutto, TX JUNE 24,2015--Sergeant Christopher Kelley was struck and killed by a subject who had just stolen a patrol car following a struggle as officers attempted to arrest him. Detectives and officers were attempting to serve a warrant and located him on Herrera Trail at approximately 10:00 am. The subject began to struggle with them, broke free, and then get into the vehicle and drive away. He struck Sergeant Kelley and dragged him a short distance as he continued to flee. The subject was arrested a short time later. Sergeant Kelley was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Hutto Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements: Chief Earl Morrison Hutto Police Department 401 W. Front Street Hutto, TX 78634 Phone: (512) 759-5978 via Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer David Joseph Nelson, Bakersfield Police Department, California

Bakersfield, CA JUNE 26, 2015--Police Officer David Nelson was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a vehicle pursuit at approximately 2:40 am. The pursuit started when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop of an unlicensed vehicle. He chased the car for several blocks until his cruiser left the roadway and struck a retaining wall and a utility pole at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Panorama Drive, causing the engine compartment to ignite. Responding officers located his vehicle and removed him from the wreckage before the patrol car became engulfed in flames. He was transported to Kern Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. The vehicle he was pursuing continued to flee and the driver remains at large. Officer Nelson had served with the Bakersfield Police Department for two years. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Korby Kennedy, San Angelo Police Department, Texas

San Angelo, TX JUNE 24, 2015--Sergeant Korby Kennedy was killed in a motorcycle crash on Knickerbocker Road, near Albert Street, while escorting a parade at approximately 6:00 pm. He and other officers were escorting a parade of boats for the upcoming San Angelo Drag Boat Races. He was traveling on Knickerbocker Road when a vehicle pulled out of a parking lot into his path. He was transported to Shannon Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements: Chief Tim R. Vasquez San Angelo Police Department 401 E. Beauregard Avenue San Angelo, TX 76902 via Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Trooper Eric K. Chrisman, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY JUNE 23, 2015--Trooper Eric Chrisman was killed in a vehicle crash on the US Route 62 near the Tennessee River Bridge in Livingston County at 5:48 pm. He was responding to a reckless driver complaint when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer. Trooper Chrisman's vehicle was struck on the driver's side, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. Trooper Chrisman had served with the Kentucky State Police for only six months. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements: Commissioner Rodney Brewer Kentucky State Police 919 Versailles Road Frankfort, KY 40601 via Read more →

Obituary: Vita G. Hodge of Gloucester City age 81

Vita G. Hodge Age 81. Of Gloucester City On June 26, 2015. Age 81. (nee Finazzo) Of Gloucester City. Formerly of South Philadelphia and Camden. Loving wife of the late Robert L. Hodge, Sr. Loving mother of Robert L. Hodge, Jr. (Karen), Brenda King (Butch) and Madia Hodge (Russ). Cherished grandmother of K imberly, Robert III, Kristina, Sean, Andrew, Michael Stephanie and Jackie. Cherished great grandmother of Mikhayla, Demian, Jesse, Robert IV, Alex, Amber, Nicholas, Jeremy, Andrew Jr., Giovanni and Isabella. Dear sister of Martha Tomago and Anthony Finazzo. Visitation Wednesday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Catholic service 1 PM in the funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations requested to the family. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Vita G. Hodge. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851... Read more →


PRESS RELEASE JUNE 26, 2015 Washington, DC – Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ01) issued the following statement today in reaction to today’s Supreme Court decision in which the Court affirmed that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. “Today the Supreme Court affirmed the rights of countless numbers of our neighbors, family and friends. I am proud to know that in America, all those in committed, loving relationships, regardless of their sexual orientation, have equal rights. As today’s ruling states, these couples have simply asked for equal dignity in the eyes of the law, and our nation’s Constitution grants them that right.” Read more →

Foodie Things to Do this Weekend and Beyond

This weekend: June 26 to 28: Experience some of the best food trucks the Northeast has to offer and some craft beers and cocktails at the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally. Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Returning trucks include Sum Pig, Five… Read more →

How will trucking industry 'keep rolling' under new EPA rules? -

By Marjorie Haun | Watchdog Arena Thousands of trucking firms may be harmed by new carbon emission regulations recently introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the federal Department of Transportation’s National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA). Companies that manufacture big rigs and medium to heavy-duty trucks, as well as firms that use them for various purposes, including hauling and construction, will now be forced to increase the fuel efficiency of their vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which some blame for global warming. The new regulations are part of President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan,” which aims to reduce overall carbon emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2020. The EPA website describes the new standards this way: The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by... Read more →

Two New York Men Sentenced To Prison For Armed Robberies Of Electronics Stores In NJ

TRENTON, N.J. June 25, 2015– Two New York men were sentenced to prison today for participating in armed robberies of electronics stores in New Jersey, including armed robberies in Linden, Paramus, and Woodbridge, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Eric Williams, 34, and Sulayman Graham, 32, both of Brooklyn, New York, were sentenced to 151 and 63 months in prison, respectively. Williams and Graham previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano to separate informations charging them with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robberies. U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson imposed both sentences today in Trenton federal court. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: On Sept. 20, 2012, Carl Williams, 31, of Brooklyn, and Leonard Arrington, 28, of Roslyn Heights, New York, walked into a T-Mobile store in Linden brandishing a firearm, while Eric Williams and other conspirators –... Read more →

CNB ARCHIVES 2009: Complaint Filed Against 19 City Officials, Kudos to the Borough of Brooklawn

CNB ARCHIVES PUBLISHED Monday, September 14, 2009 TIPS AND SNIPPETS: by William E. Cleary Sr. SNIPPET…COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 19 CITY OFFICIALS-On September 11, 2009, the New Jersey Libertarian Party and its chairman, John Paff filed a complaint with the Local Finance Board against 19 Gloucester City officials, including one member of the City Council, who failed to file financial disclosure forms that were due over 16 months ago. In March 2009 Paff filed a lawsuit against the City of Gloucester City for violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPRA). The Gloucester City Officials who failed to file financial disclosure forms are: 1. Hagan, William R., Sr.; Council 2. Murphy, Ryan; Planning/Zoning Board 3. Smallock, Michael; Planning/Zoning Board 4. Wunsch, Frank; Planning/Zoning Board 5. Cerrone, Patrick; Planning/Zoning Board Alt. 6. Brandt, Jack; Planning/Zoning Board Alt. 7. Hagan; Colleen; Library Board 8. McLaughlin, Jean; Library Board 9. Kain, Mary Francis; Library... Read more →

Gloucester County Man Admits Operating Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue, and Ponzi Scheme

CAMDEN, N.J. June 24, 2015– A Woolwich Township, New Jersey, man today admitted scamming distressed homeowners into giving him their houses and then soliciting fake real estate investments from private investors – secured by those same properties – that netted him more than $3 million in illicit profits, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Randy Poulson, 44, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to Count One of an indictment charging him with mail fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Poulson owned and operated Equity Capital Investments, LLC and Poulson Russo LLC and was the former president of the South Jersey Real Estate Investors Association. Paulson gave speeches, seminars, monthly dinners and various private tutorial sessions, purporting to teach real estate investing tips to individuals who paid fees to attend. Poulson engaged in a two-pronged scheme. First,... Read more →


SCHEMES Data from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) shows ransomware continues to spread and is infecting devices around the globe. Recent IC3 reporting identifies CryptoWall as the most current and significant ransomware threat targeting U.S. individuals and businesses.1CryptoWall and its variants have been used actively to target U.S. victims since April 2014. The financial impact to victims goes beyond the ransom fee itself, which is typically between $200 and $10,000. Many victims incur additional costs associated with network mitigation, network countermeasures, loss of productivity, legal fees, IT services, and/or the purchase of credit monitoring services for employees or customers. Between April 2014 and June 2015, the IC3 received 992 CryptoWall-related complaints, with victims reporting losses totaling over $18 million. These financial fraud schemes target both individuals and businesses, are usually very successful, and have a significant impact on victims. The problem begins when the victim clicks on an... Read more →

Money Management: 10 Tips for Making Kids’ Allowances Work

press release If you think your children aren’t learning about money because you’re not teaching it, think again. Savvy marketers tell our kindergartners that they must have a certain toy, and credit card companies peddle instant gratification to teens. If you need help teaching your kids about money, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) offers these suggestions. Allowances Can Teach Financial Literacy One tool to start teaching your kids about money early is an allowance. “For most kids, an allowance is their first opportunity to make choices, budget, place value on things, and figure out the difference between needs and wants,” says Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, president of the Charles Schwab Foundation, which supports financial literacy programs. Tips for Making Allowances Work Start when your child is old enough to understand money. He/she should know that $1 equals four quarters, for example, which is typically around age six.... Read more →

Illegal Firearms Dealer Admits Selling More Than 200 Guns To Criminals In The Camden Area

Guns Originated from Straw and Gun Show Purchases and Straw Purchases in Ohio CAMDEN, N.J. June 24, 2015– A Burlington County, New Jersey, man today admitted selling to a Camden drug dealer and other criminals in the Camden area at least 200 firearms that he purchased with cash from other illicit firearms dealers, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Joshua Jackson, 35, a/k/a “Trent,” of Willingboro, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count each of dealing firearms without a license, conspiracy to deal in firearms without a federal firearms license, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. According to documents filed in this and related cases and statements made in court: Jackson admitted that between December 2009 and September 2010, he sold or brokered the sale of at least 200 handguns that he... Read more →

Delaware to participate in Operation Dry Water June 26-28

to prevent alcohol-related boating accidents and save lives DOVER (June 24, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police today announced Delaware’s active participation in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide enforcement and education event aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities. Over the June 26-28 weekend before the Fourth of July holiday, Fish & Wildlife officers will increase their presence on Delaware’s waterways to educate boaters and crack down on operators whose blood alcohol level exceeds the state and federal limit of 0.08 percent. “Delaware consistently has one of the lowest boating accident rates in the country, and we want to keep it that way. Drinking and boating don’t mix, and can lead to accidents that put operators, their passengers and other boaters at risk,” said Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates. “During Operation Dry Water, our officers... Read more →


June 25, 2015 press release June 25, 2015 MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Burlington City Police Chief Anthony Wallace announced that a 41-year-old Burlington City resident was arrested yesterday and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. Gerard Cameron, of the 900 block of Olive Street, was charged with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of Children. The charge covering distribution of the pornographic material is a second degree crime. The other two, which deal with possession of the material, are third degree crimes. Cameron, who is a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, was lodged in Burlington County Jail on $100,000 full bail. If he posts bail, Cameron is forbidden from using the Internet or having contact with minors. He will have a first appearance in Superior Court in Mount Holly this afternoon. The case will be sent to a Grand... Read more →

No Charges Filed Against Police Officers Involved in Shooting Death of Williamstown Man

press release June 23, 2015 MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic County Grand Jury reviewed the evidence today of the March 2014 police-involved shooting death in Atlantic City of a Williamstown man, and declined to bring criminal indictments against the police officers involved, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced. On March 27, 2014 at 12:31 p.m., Pleasantville Police responded to two 9-1-1 calls, reporting that there was a man with a gun at the La Escondida II Restaurant, 701 Black Horse Pike. The man, later identified as Antoquan T. Watson, 27, of Williamstown, NJ, fled Pleasantville police in a vehicle east on Route 322 through Pleasantville, Egg Harbor Township, Ventnor City, back into Egg Harbor Township, and finally into Atlantic City. The pursuit ended at Missouri and Atlantic Avenues in Atlantic City, where Watson exited his vehicle with a handgun. Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and police at that location,... Read more →


Christie runs for president – and away from $170 billion pension mess

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog/June 25, 2015 Fresh from a failure to fix New Jersey’s pension system and its $170 billion deficit, Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to formally announce his run for the White House next week. But first, Christie is expected to veto parts of a state budget that would restore $1.8 billion he cut from the state’s scheduled pension contribution. The governor is slated to hold a news conference Friday to explain his rejection of budget changes approved Thursday by the Democratic-controlled Senate and Assembly. Then next Tuesday morning, Christie has a date at his alma mater, Livingston High School, to tell the world why he should be the next president of the United States. That afternoon, he’ll fly to New Hampshire for the ninth time this year to try to convince primary voters that he should be running the country. Meanwhile, New Jersey’s fiscal... Read more →

YOUR MONEY: Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act

press release June 25, 2015 Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live. Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage. Over six million Americans and their families will sleep easier knowing they will still be able to afford health coverage. Millions more won’t have to worry about an upward spiral in their premiums because of today’s decision, even if they didn’t buy their insurance through the Marketplace. And the law’s financial assistance will be available in the next open enrollment so that others can benefit as well. The Affordable Care Act is working to improve access, affordability and quality.That is the story I hear as I travel across this country. People’s lives have... Read more →

What you need to know about the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival

Like a scene from "Mutiny on the Bounty," 13 ships with sails unfurled made their way up the Delaware River Thursday, pushed by a warm summer breeze, to kick off the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival. With festivities on both sides of the river -- not to mention on the water itself -- there will be… Related articles The World's Largest Rubber Duck has Arrived Tall Ships Are Coming Today; Here's Where to See Them Registrations Still Being Accepted for Delaware River Sojourn 7 People Shot and Critically Injured at Philadelphia Block Party Shooting in Kensington Philadelphia: 7 People Wounded Cops: 10 at Philly cookout hit by birdshot from shotgun Philadelphia June Highlights: Top 10 Events Read more →

FBI NEWS: Multi-State Chop Shop Operation Disrupted

Criminal Enterprise Leader Among Those Convicted 06/23/15 In the early 1990s, a Toledo, Ohio man—Michael Wymer—was sentenced to a lengthy term in state prison for heading up an extensive truck theft and chop shop operation. Wymer, however, apparently never learned his lesson. Upon his release from prison several years ago, he picked up where he left off, setting up another criminal enterprise to steal trucks, disassemble them in his chop shop, and sell them as scrap metal. But this time, Wymer’s activities—which crossed state lines—garnered the attention of the FBI, and last month, the 56-year-old was sentenced in federal court to 27 years in prison. And Wymer’s 13 co-conspirators—including his son, two brothers, and two nephews—have all either pled guilty or been convicted at trial for their roles in the illegal enterprise. At Wymer’s sentencing appearance, the federal judge ordered that all of the defendants in the case share in... Read more →

What the Obamacare court ruling means in N.J.

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the legality of subsidies to people who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace -- more than 170,000 people in New Jersey. Here's what the court ruling means for them and everyone else: * If you bought your policy through and receive a monthly subsidy to cover the cost:… The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the legality of subsidies to people who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace -- more than 170,000 people in New Jersey. Here's what the court ruling means for them and everyone else: * If you bought your policy through and receive a monthly subsidy to cover the cost:… Read more →

Obituary: Helen E. McCann age 74 of Thorofare

On June 24, 2015. Age 74. (nee Dunn) Of Thorofare. Survived by her children, Joseph Brett, Lisa Birchmeier, David Brett and Jennifer McCann; her grandchildren, Samantha Brett, Joseph Brett, Nicholas Brett and Jake Birchmeier; and her brother Robert Dunn. Predeceased by her parents, John and Helen Dunn (nee Zabo) and her siblings, Andrew Dunn, Joyce Bondiskey, Jack Dunn and Linda Bondiskey. Funeral Services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Helen E. McCann. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ. Phone: 856-456-1142 Read more →

Send in your Cheers and Jeers |

We are putting together our May 2015 Cheer and Jeer column. Now is the time to give a "shout out" to that friendly neighbor for putting out your trash, or for cutting your grass. Or a Jeer to that person/ or entity you feel deserves to be criticized. Send your remarks to Deadline May 31, 2015 CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS CNBNEWS POINT OF VIEW Read more →

Rep. Norcross: SCOTUS health care ruling is ‘a victory for the American people’

press release/June 25, 2015 Washington, DC – Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ01) issued the following statement today in reaction to Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell decision in which the Court upheld a critical component of the Affordable Care Act. “Today’s ruling is a victory for the American people. It’s a decision that more than anything delivers peace of mind to the millions of hard working American’s who have turned to the ACA for affordable coverage. The Supreme Court rightfully decided that no American – regardless of where he or she resides in our great country – should be denied access to the tax credits that were intended under this law to make quality coverage within reach for middle class families. This law was never perfect, and I look forward now to working in Congress to improve it in meaningful ways that will continue to help people across our nation.” Read more →

CNB CRIME: Gloucester City Police Arrest a Burglary Suspect and an Alleged Drug Pusher

BURGLARY SUSPECT MICHAEL J. CANNING GLOUCESTER CITY NJ -- June 22, 2015 at 5:42 am officers responded to a vacant residence in the unit block of S. Burlington Street for a report of a burglary in progress. Officers searched the residence and located a suspect hiding in a second floor bedroom. Michael J. Canning (27), a resident of the 100 block of S. Burlington Street, was arrested without incident. He was additionally found to be a wanted person out of Camden County. Canning was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary in September, 2014 but was released in January 2015 into the Intensive Supervision Program. Canning was charged with burglary, theft, possession of burglar tools and remanded to Camden County Jail without bail. ALLEGED DRUG PUSHER ROBERT R. RAND On June 18, 2015 at approximately 6:10 pm City Detectives and the Patrol Division executed a search warrant on a... Read more →


view indictment press release June 24, 2015 TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former Camden City firefighter was indicted today by a state grand jury on a charge that he stole more than $82,000 by fraudulently collecting a disability pension from the New Jersey Police and Firemen’s Retirement System while working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive mixed martial arts. Shane B. Streater, 40, of Camden, was indicted by a state grand jury on a charge of second-degree theft by deception. The Indictment is the result of an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau. The matter was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Board of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS). In February 2009, Streater applied for an accidental disability pension, asserting that he was disabled as the result of two accidents while on duty: one... Read more →

CNB Archives 2009: Councilman Marchese Releases Update on Construction Projects

CNB ARCHIVES: Published Monday, September 14, 2009 Gloucester City Councilman Nick Marchese, (photo) Second Ward (D) released the following report on the construction projects that are taking place in the City of Gloucester City. His statement reads as follows: “We are happy to see that the TD Bank on Broadway and Cumberland Street is almost completed and will be opening in the near future. We thank our local residents for their patience's and for attending our meeting concerning the parking and safety issues in this area. We are doing everything possible to make sure things are safe for our residents and their children." “The City was able to secure funding for the paving of Joy Street which has been completed from Market Street to Cumberland Street. Barnaby, Amon Avenue and Essex Street paving and infrastructure projects are also currently being worked on and will be completed in a timely fashion.... Read more →

Christie and lawmakers fight budget battle over pension crisis -

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog Unable to work together to reform an ailing state pension system that faces a $170 billion deficit, Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey Legislature are headed for state budget showdown in Trenton next week. The budget committees of the Democratic-controlled Senate and Assembly approved a budget plan Tuesday that would raise taxes on businesses and millionaires to add $1.8 billion to the state’s pension contribution for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The proposal would increase the state’s total payment to $3.1 billion next year, the amount originally required by statute. But the state Supreme Court ruled that law unconstitutional earlier this month, allowing Christie to legally slash the pension payment to $1.3 billion for next year. Battle lines are drawn. As a Republican hopeful for the White House in 2016, Christie wants to avoid the political damage that tax increases... Read more →

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck has Arrived

Another Feather in the Cap for Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden The World’s Largest Rubber Duck didn’t exactly fly south for the winter, but after a much needed off-season rest the cuddly floating fowl will abandon its nest and turn the Delaware River into the world’s largest bathtub during the much anticipated Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015. The largest Tall Ships event of year countrywide that combines a dozen awe-inspiring Tall Ships with an abundance of festival attractions already has locals and future visitors alike clamoring for the opening date of June 25. The addition of the super-sized bath toy adds to that anticipation. “It’s just fun, pure and simple,” states Craig Samborski, executive producer of Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden. “The World’s Largest Rubber Duck inspires us to enjoy the world’s waterfronts and conserve our natural resources for future ducklings.” Delaware River’s unique two-sided waterfront and the increased accessibility it provides... Read more →

Tall Ships Are Coming Today; Here's Where to See Them

Visitors will see a variety of ships ranging from the 65-foot Serenity, to the U.S. Coast Guard's tall ship, the Barque Eagle, which stretches 295 feet long and stands more than 147 feet tall. Today at 1 p.m., the ships will gather under the Walt Whitman bridge, then make their way up the river to the Camden waterfront area where they will dock and be available to tour, photograph, or just admire. The Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden is alive with history and fanfare this morning as 13 majestic tall ships prepare for the Grand Parade of Sails, kicking off the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival. Viewers can see the tall ships, along with the World's Largest Rubber Duck, from numerous spots on the South Jersey waterfront… Read more →


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College Baseball: The Broncs of Summer

Rider Baseball Players in Summer Leagues The 2015 Rider University baseball team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title with a veteran club. The 2016 Broncs will be a young squad, with many of the key returnees being underclassmen. The summer of 2015 is a key one for the development of the 2016 roster, and many Broncs are playing against the toughest competition they can find. Three Broncs; Nick Margevicius (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius), Josh Sharik (Ewing, NJ/Plumstead Christian) and Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert) are playing in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in the Valley League, known as the “Gateway to the Majors.” A sophomore to be, Margevicius is pitching for the Staunton Braves. Margevicius is 3-0 in three starts with a 1.90 earned run average. He has compiled 17 strikeouts in 19 innings and has allowed just five walks. As a freshman at Rider Margevicius won five games... Read more →

12 Year-Old from Burlington to Represent New Jersey at JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress

-- Boy is one of 160 selected from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants with type 1 diabetes -- Burlington, NJ, June 24, 2015—Aaron Schawger, 12, of Burlington has big plans for this summer. He has been selected by JDRF to join 160 other children from around the country in Washington, D.C., to remind their members of Congress of the vital need to continue supporting research that aims to reduce the burden they all share of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), until a cure becomes available. These children—ages 4 to 17, and representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia—will visit the nation’s capital as delegates to JDRF 2015 Children’s Congress, to be held from July 13-15. Joining them will be six international delegates traveling from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. These international delegates will partner with U.S. delegates to convey a... Read more →

Oncologist at The Children's Hospital Appointed by President to National Cancer Advisory Board

PHILADELPHIA, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peter C. Adamson, M.D., a pediatric oncologist and leading scientist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and a professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed by President Obama to the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). Dr. Adamson is the only pediatric oncologist to currently serve on the NCAB, and will work to ensure the voices of the pediatric cancer community are heard by decision makers in the federal government. In this role Dr. Adamson will advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the President on a wide range of issues relating to the national cancer program including NCI operations. Notably, the NCAB and the President's Cancer Panel are the only advisory bodies at either the National Institutes of Health or... Read more →

Two Tons of Pot Seized Hidden in Coconuts

press release June 24, 2015 PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized 3,874 pounds of alleged marijuana which was discovered within a commercial produce shipment. Marijuana concealed in coconut shipment “Our frontline CBP officers intercepted this significant load of marijuana thanks to great teamwork and the utilization of all available tools and resources,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu., Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry. “It all begins with our targeting capabilities, which is paramount in our interdiction efforts.” On June 19, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer with a commercial, manifested importation of fresh coconuts. The conveyance was referred for a secondary examination and once on the inspection dock, officers collaboratively discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the boxes of coconuts. Ultimately, officers removed and seized 7,205 compact packages of... Read more →

Three Philadelphia Election Officials Arrested on Fraud Charges During the 2014-2015 Primary

PHILADELPHIA (June 24, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announces the arrest of three elections officials, two from the 33rd Ward 5th Division and one from the 36th Ward 10thDivision, and charged them with election fraud and related charges. The infractions were made respectively during the 2015 and 2014 Primary Elections. “I continue to be outraged that our election officials, after they clearly know the rules, think that they can just walk into the voting booth and vote multiple times or vote as someone else,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “What these three have done is clearly a crime and will be prosecuted. I hope that their wrongdoing reminds everyone who is entrusted with putting on and protecting our elections that my Election Fraud Task Force is real and will continue to find and arrest people who break our election laws.” On Election Day, May 19, 2015,... Read more →