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August 2015

GUEST COMMENTARY: Three-fourths of NJ sheriffs double-dip, led by 25-year ‘retiree’

By Mark Lagerkvist | NEW JERSEY WATCHDOG.ORG For the past quarter century, Armando Fontoura has been looting a New Jersey state pension fund. But it won’t do any good to call the cops. Fontoura is sheriff of Essex County. A dean among double-dippers, he draws $207,289 a year from public coffers – $144,896 in salary plus $62,393 from pension as a retiree of his own office. Today is the 25th anniversary of Fontoura’s faux retirement. So far, he has collected $1.35 million in retirement cash without ever giving up his full-time county paycheck. On Friday, Aug. 31, 1990, Fontoura retired as county undersheriff at age 47. The following Monday, he returned to work at Essex County with the same salary and duties, but a different title – sheriff’s officer chief. One year later, he took charge as sheriff, a post he’s held ever since. “Does it look bad? Yes,” admitted... Read more →


TRAVEL ALERT: Route 42 northbound lanes to be closed overnight for demolition work in Bellmawr

PRESS RELEASE August 31, 2015 (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced overnight lane closures on Route 42 northbound this week as the Direct Connection project advances in Camden and Gloucester counties. Starting Monday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m., NJDOT’s Contractor, PKF-Mark III, Inc., will close 3 out of 4 lanes on Route 42 northbound to allow for the demolition of the old I-295 bridge over Route 42. Lanes will be closed Monday through Thursday nights as follows - 8:00 p.m. single lane closure, 10:00 p.m. double lane closure, 11:00 p.m. triple lane closure until 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The following detour will be in effect for those driving on Route 42 northbound: When all three lanes are closed, traffic on 42 northbound will be directed to take Exit 1B ramp to Route I-295 northbound. Motorists wanting to continue on Route 42 northbound/76 westbound will... Read more →


CNB ARCHIVES 2009: Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work; $50,000 for New Playing Fields

CNB ARCHIVES POSTED Wednesday, December 02, 2009 GLOUCESTER CITY: photo credit CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY-The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are building a temporary football practice field and a temporary Tee-ball field at the Johnson Blvd. Jogging Track, Klemm Avenue side, so that the hazardous waste from some of the playing fields at the north end of Johnson Blvd. can be removed. The temporary fields will be used during the 2010/2011 seasons. The approximate cost for the fields is $50,000. Today (Wednesday, Dec. 2) several truck loads of sod were unloaded and placed on the fields.. Comments 1 Green side up said... Good. Beats not having any fields at all for the kids to play on. Just wish they could have thrown in a few more bucks and leveled and fixed the whole jogging track complex while they are doing it. ReplyWednesday, December 02, 2009 at 03:43 PM 2 TWR... Read more →


Johnson Health Tech Agrees to Pay $3 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Fitness Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Johnson Health Tech Co. Ltd, of Taiwan, and Johnson Health Tech North America Inc., of Cottage Grove, Wis., have agreed to pay a $3 million civil penalty. The civil penalty agreementsettles CPSC staff’s charges that Johnson Health Tech knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, regarding a defect and an unreasonable risk of serious injury with Matrix Fitness Ascent Trainers and Elliptical Trainers. The fitness trainers’ defect involved a build-up of moisture in the power sockets of the units from perspiration or cleaning liquids, which caused the machines to short circuit. Between March 2012 and October 2013, Johnson Health Tech received multiple reports of smoking, sparking or melted power components and reports of fires involving the trainers. Despite these reports and two design changes to fix the problem, Johnson Health Tech failed... Read more →


The Cheshire Murders and the Illusion of Safety

If hope is the thing with feathers, then dread is the thing with claws. A story like that of the Petit family sinks its talons into you and refuses to let go. “One of the worst crimes in Connecticut history,” as The New York Times called it, was notable neither for a sensational body count nor… Read more →


Mrs. Eleanor V. McKinney, of Brooklawn, Girl Scouts Leader, Bank Manager, GHS Alumnus

On August 28, 2015. (nee Moen) Age 84. Of Brooklawn. Beloved wife of 60 years to the late John D. McKinney, Jr. In the Loving and devoted care of her children: John D., III (Bonni), Ginny (John) Scout, Francis (Michelle), Michael (Karla) and Steven (Kathy). Loving grandmother of John, IV (Lisa), Jennifer, Megan (Ryan), Shawn, Robert (Erin), Matthew, Christopher, K amryn and Kate. Loving great-grandmother of Aiden and Finnegan. Beloved sister of Jean McLaughlin (Gene “Jeep”). Survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Eleanor was born in Gloucester City and was a longtime resident of Brooklawn. She graduated from Gloucester High Class of 1948. Eleanor volunteered many years with the Girl Scouts. She worked as a bank teller for many years and became manager for United Jersey Bank in Gloucester City. Eleanor truly loved her family and that was her biggest joy in life. Relatives and friends are kindly... Read more →


Eagles win, wind farms and feds lose in court

Photo from Flickr Commons NATIONAL SYMBOL WINS IN COURT: A decision by a federal court judge rescinded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s 30-year exemption for wind energy and other companies that kill birds such as bald eagles during “normal operations.” By Rob Nikolewski Eagles — and the people who love them — picked up a big win in court this month. How the victory may affect the Obama administration’s desire to dramatically ramp up wind energy production to meet its climate change goals is still unclear. “We believe it’s very good news for eagles,” Michael Hutchins, director of the American Bird Conservancy’s Bird-Smart Wind Energy Program, of the Aug. 11 decision by a federal court rescinding a controversial rule proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that granted a 30-year exemption to wind energy and other companies for killing bald and golden eagles. “We can’t have people do end-arounds... Read more →


The Mystery Consumer Suggests: Lunch at Capital Grille, Cherry Hill Mall

The Mystery Consumer | CNBNewsnet CHERRY HILL NJ--This is a well-kept secret. Most people think that Capital Grille is expensive, and for dinner it can get pricey, but lunch is a real deal. First, there’s free valet parking. Just drive up to the stand. Lunch prices are in effect until 4PM. You will find it far less crowded that just about any other dining establishment at the Mall. Capital Grille is located just to the left of the Nordstrom’s entrance to the Mall. The food is excellent and the servers are attentive. They typically have lunch specials, so for two for lunch, it might only cost $10-$20 extra over what you’d spend for lunch at places like Seasons 52 or Brio, which are also very nice. I think the modest difference in price is well worth it. The dining room is walnut and woody-elegant with comfortable booths. If you go... Read more →


Gloucester Township Police Program Continues to Guide Addicts into Drug Treatment

Release: Gloucester Township Police Department Fifty nine percent of those appearing in Gloucester Township municipal court and suffering from addiction have enrolled in drug treatment as a result the Gloucester Township Police Department’s Project SAVE (Substance Abuse Victimization Effort). In June 2014, the Gloucester Township Police Department launched Project SAVE to focus efforts and practices in three critical areas of law enforcement SUPPRESSION, PREVENTION, and INTERVENTION in an effort to effectively combat the nationwide drug epidemic. One of the most significant initiatives associated with Project SAVE is the SAVE Advocate which entails having a drug advocate and counselor in the Municipal Court Room. The Project SAVE Advocate has been present in the Gloucester Township Municipal Court to assist defendants suffering from addiction and their family members with providing information about available treatment programs. “We are so pleased with the results of this program. Prior to Project SAVE there was no... Read more →


Newark murder spike threatens to overshadow Christie's 2016 Camden success story

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, had spent most of Saturday in New Hampshire decrying the "lawlessness" supposedly unleashed by President Obama's selective enforcement of drug and immigration laws. But with Newark suffering five murders in two days last week, and a sixth on Saturday, Christie renewed his calls to reorganize the… Read more →


Construction on the New $87 Million Gloucester City Elementary School is Underway

(photo credit CNBNewsnet) GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Ironworkers set the cross beams on the new elementary school being built on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets. The photo below was taken on Sixth Street. William E. Cleary Sr | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY NJ—Work on the Gloucester City Middle School is progressing. This past week Ironworkers were setting the beams and laying the decking on the three- story building using a 35-foot crane (click image to enlarge). Funding for the $64 million project, located on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets is coming from the state’s School Development Authority (SDA). Last August Edye Maier, SDA Public Information Manager, said that figure includes $42 million for the design-build contract, along with the costs for items such as land acquisition, relocation, demolition, and remediation. Maier was asked if there would be any future construction costs? "The $64 million is the total cost of... Read more →


Gloucester Township Residents Displaced After Fire Heavily Damages Home

Photo courtesy of Fire Fighter George Flinn. GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--On August 29, 2015 at 3:34 PM, Gloucester Township Police Officers and Fire Personnel from the Erial Fire Department were called to the 2100 block of Garwood Road on a report of a house fire. Officers and firefighters arrived on location and found heavy smoke coming from a residence. At the time of the incident, the residents were not on location but a dog that was inside of the house was removed by a neighbor. The dog sustained an injury and was treated by a local Veterinary center. There were no injuries to any emergency personnel. Garwood Road was closed for approximately four hours. Emergency responders from Erial Fire Department, Lambs Terrace Fire Department, Chews Landing Fire Department, Blackwood Fire Department, Pine Hill Fire Department, Lindenwold Fire Department, Winslow Fire Department, and Gloucester Township EMS were on scene. The incident is... Read more →


Steven P. Mund, of Brooklawn age 31

On August 27, 2015. Age 31. Of Brooklawn. Peacefully after a long illness surrounded by his loving Parents : Philip H. Mund, Jr. and Margaret I. (nee Sayers). Devoted brother of Jodie Boos and Renee Mund. Survived by many loving and devoted friends and family. Steven was born in Camden and raised in Brooklawn. He was a graduate of Gloucester City High School Class of 2002. Steven worked as a nuclear technician for Bartlett Inc. At the request of his family, services are private. Family requests in Steven’s memory donations to American Heart Association : c/o McCann-Healey Funeral Home: P.O. Box 1071, Bellmawr, NJ 08099. Please write in memo: Steven P. Mund. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Steven P. Mund. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 via www.mccannhealey.com Read more →


Weaponized drones are all the rage for North Dakota police

By Nicholas C. Fondacaro | Watchdog Arena As the proliferation of law enforcement drones expands, so do the concerns about privacy, accountability, and police surveillance in general. Residents of North Dakota now have to be concerned about the use of “non-lethal” weapons on police drones. In April, Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the now controversial House Bill 1328. The stated intent of the bill is “AN ACT to provide for limitations on the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance.” The bill goes on to say in Section 5: A law enforcement agency may not authorize the use of, including granting a permit to use, an unmanned aerial vehicle armed with any lethal weapons. Nowhere in the language of the bill are non-lethal weapons mentioned as prohibited on law enforcement drones. According to a report by the Daily Beast, the original text of the bill prohibited all weapons from police... Read more →


Football preview, 2015: Players to watch at every position

The countdown for the 2015 campaign is now under two weeks. Football season is officially back here in New Jersey. And leading up to the first day of action, NJ.com is your No. 1 spot for complete previews of teams and players from all across the state. RELATED: Preseason roadmap: Football links and preview plan, 2015… Read more →


Philly Naked Bike Ride takes over streets of Philadelphia (PHOTOS)

PHILADELPHIA -- Hundreds of naked bikers stormed the streets of Philadelphia for the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride on Saturday. For the seventh straight summer, hundreds of bicyclists joined together -- creatively painted or stripped down to their birthday suits -- to promote fuel-conscious consumption, positive body image and cycling advocacy. Before baring all for the… Read more →


Wet Hot American Fire Department

Two firefighters lunge at a fellow smoke eater, spraying him squarely in the face with an electric-green hose. One then closes in and slaps and shoves his opponent's hands, and the firefighter stumbles backward. But he steadies himself and goes on the offensive, hosing his attackers’ faces with an unrelenting stream. After two minutes, the bullies… Read more →


Atlantic City Airshow Lineup Wednesday Sept. 2

Airshow Lineup The following performances have been scheduled to appear at the 2015 Atlantic City Airshow presented by GEICO. The official Airshow schedule will be released in advance of the show. Practice day will take place on Tuesday, September 1 with a modified schedule. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 – 11:30 AM: 11:40 AM – Airshow Tow Banner Flybys 11:45 AM – Jim Beasley III – J3 Cub Flyby 11:55 AM – GEICO Skytypers – Show Center Opening Message 12:00 PM – US Army Golden Knights – Flag Jump w/National Anthem 12:08 PM – US Army Golden Knights – Mass Exit Show 12:16 PM – GEICO Skytypers – Tribute Pass 12:19 PM – Jim Beasley Jr. – SNJ Texan Aerobatics 12:29 PM – Jack Kelly – Bell 47D1 Helicopter Flybys 12:31 PM – AtlantiCare – Medical Helicopter Flybys 12:33 PM – MidAtlantic – MedEvac Helicopter Flybys 12:35 PM – Chopper 6... Read more →


Officer Down : Trooper Chad H. Wolf Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: Friday, August 28, 2015 Trooper Chad Wolf was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle. Trooper Wolf was on motorcycle patrol and traveling northbound in the right lane of Dixie Highway and crossing over southbound I-75 when a vehicle towing an empty trailer traveling in the left lane quickly changed lanes in an attempt to access the I-75 entrance ramp. As the vehicle changed lanes, it struck Trooper Wolf's motorcycle. Trooper Wolf was dragged for several miles on I-75 before the driver pulled over at a rest area. The driver of the vehicle that struck Trooper Wolf cooperated with the investigation and was released without charges. Trooper Wolf served with the Michigan State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and four children. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements: Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue Michigan State... Read more →


Great Video: The Best of Times | Big Geek Daddy

The Best Of Times is a memorable look back at the 1950’s and 1960’s and should be entertaining to watch for anyone that grew up in that era. Since I was born in the 1960’s it was a little before my time but I still enjoy the music and looking at the muscle cars as I’ve always had a thing for the oldies since I was a kid. If you like this be sure to watch The Best of Times Part Two. If you like to watch Funny, Cool, and Interesting Videos get the Video of the Day Read more →


Major League Baseball Fights Minor Leaguers in Court

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Major League Baseball on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss Minor League players' antitrust class action lawsuit that accuses the 30 teams of conspiring with the commissioner to fix their salaries. Lead plaintiff Sergio Miranda sued Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the 30 Major League teams in December 2014. Miranda claims that Major League Baseball's reserve clause lets teams restrict Minor League players from negotiating with other teams for seven years, denying them "the freedom of movement available to players in virtually all other professional sports in the United States." Average salaries of Major Leaguers have risen by more than 2,000 percent since 1976, while Minor Leaguers' pay increased by just 75 percent, according to the original complaint. Major Leaguers have a union and collective bargaining rights, but Minor Leaguers have no union, no collective bargaining and no free agency. During a motion... Read more →


N.J.'s best cheesesteaks: Munchmobile crew visits 7 standouts

North Jersey seems to think it's superior to South Jersey in pretty much everything food-wise. When it comes to cheesesteaks, though, North Jersey should just hush up. Great cheesesteaks north of the Driscoll? Good luck with that. Your local pizzeria makes them? Wonderful. The overwhelming majority of cheesesteak recommendations I received on Twitter, Facebook and by… Read more →


Atlantic City radio's Pinky Kravitz, host of longest-running talk show, retires

After nearly six decades on the radio, the host of " Pinky's Corner" is calling it a day. Seymour "Pinky" Kravitz, 88, is retiring after 58 years. The Press of Atlantic City reported news of Kravitz's retirement following an announcement from station owner Longport Media on Thursday. Kravitz, a mainstay on Linwood's WOND-AM, has hosted "Pinky's… Read more →


CNB CRIME: Nine arrested in connection with vandalism at Woodland Beach on Aug. 26

press release DOVER (Aug. 28, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers Thursday arrested five adults and four juveniles in connection with the vandalism of a porta potty in the public fishing pier parking lot at Woodland Beach after hours on Aug. 26. John D. Moss, 21, of Hartly, Timothy A. Dixon Jr., 18, of Felton, and Shane T. Allaband, 20, of Dover, all were charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. Caleb A. Smith, 18, of Harrington, and Thomas R. Keis, 19, of Marydel, were charged with one count each of trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. Moss, Dixon and Allaband were released on $150 unsecured bond, while Smith and Keis were released on $50 unsecured bond, pending their appearances in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas at a... Read more →


CNB Comics:

JEROME by Dave Wolfe

Vol. 2 No. 10 (August 30, 2015) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning 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) Read more →


A GREAT VIDEO:

United States Navy "Jersey Boys" Performance | Big Geek Daddy

RELATED CATEGORY FILM The United States Navy Band performs some songs from Jersey Boys at this outdoor concert from 2014 filmed at the U.S. Navy Memorial. These guys aren’t your average sailors and I would suspect that much like the other service bands they are all talented professional musicians. If you like to watch Funny, Cool, and Interesting Videos get the Video of the Day Read more →


COMMENTARY:

Limbaugh : Journalists, arm yourselves

Rush Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh Guest hosting for Limbaugh, bestselling author Mark Steyn told listeners that as a New Hampshire resident, he's seen the primary process firsthand and believes it "works for the consultant class but it doesn't work as an effective vehicle for conservative ideas." Steyn made fun of the campaign commercials for Jeb Bush and… Read more →


Division of Highway Safety Awards $1 Million to NJ Police Departments to fight Drunk Driving

TRENTON – The Division of Highway Traffic Safety today announced grants totaling $910,000 that will be used by local law enforcement agencies to crackdown on drunk and impaired drivers as part of the national initiative, “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over.” The coordinated, statewide effort will run from today through September 7 and 182 law enforcement agencies received grants of $5,000 to staff saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. In total, more than 400 agencies are expected to participate in “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over.” “We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky. “Not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the... Read more →


Collingswood chef charged in federal child porn sting sees public defender appointed

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The former Collingswood chef arrested last month after a federal child pornography sting saw a public defender assigned to his case after his lawyer withdrew, according to court records. Alexander Capasso, 41, was arrested alongside an ex-girlfriend after investigators allegedly exchanged pornographic images online with him that appeared to show young family members,… Read more →


Commentary: Hurricane Katrina Lessons Still Not Heeded

Volume XX No.35: August 28, 2015 Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast staggered the nation. A major American city was under water, more than 1200 fellow Americans were dead and hundreds of thousands of people were displaced with damaged or destroyed homes. Direct damage costs were in excess of $125 billion and estimates including the ripple effects on the economy were more than $200 billion. And Katrina was just the biggest storm in a year that also saw Rita and Wilma have massive impacts and the National Hurricane Center exhaust the list of names for storms and start using Greek letters. The images scarred the nation’s conscience. Unfortunately, they haven’t had the same scale of impact on the nation’s policies to prepare for and respond to disasters. Policymakers have to reorient the nation’s policies to motivate individuals, communities, states, and federal... Read more →


Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

DEPUTY SHERIFF DARREN GOFORTH End of Watch: Friday, August 28, 2015 Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was shot and killed from ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car at a commercial gas station at the intersection of West Road and Telge Road, in Cypress. Deputy Goforth was on patrol and had completed an assignment at the scene of a vehicle collision. He when to a local gas station to fuel his patrol car. As Deputy Goforth stood next to his patrol car filling it with fuel, a male subject walked up behind him, and fired multiple shots. After Deputy Goforth fell to the ground, the subject shot him several more times before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck. The suspect was apprehended several hours later after a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies from around the Harris County and Houston area. Deputy Goforth had served with the Harris... Read more →


CNB Crime: DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Aug. 17-23

Reminder for the week: Visitors to state wildlife, fishing and boating areas urged to respect natural resources DOVER (Aug. 28, 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 Aug. 17-23 made 1,543 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 231 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 86 complaints and issued 71 citations, one of which was related to the C&D Canal Conservation Area and associated recreational trail, where there is an increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence. Incidents of particular note were: On Aug. 21, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited William E. Cunningham, 64, of Dover, for possession of a prohibited shark species near Bowers Beach. Cunningham... Read more →


FROM THE Papal Visit Playbook Homepage: World Meeting of Families 2015

From September 22-27, we have the exciting opportunity to highlight the best of Philadelphia and our great Commonwealth to visitors from around the world – and we want to ensure that every resident has the resources needed to enjoy Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. This Papal Visit Playbook is an in-depth guide on what to expect from the Papal Visit. As we all become hosts to the world, this Playbook provides a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts – from a transportation plan overview with soon to come pedestrian maps and walking routes to special dining and event offerings. This Playbook also outlines a general overview of how to personally prepare for an event of this scale and enjoy the city’s unique offerings and events. On behalf of the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the World Meeting of Families, we thank each of you... Read more →


ISIL and Antiquities Trafficking FBI Warns Dealers, Collectors About Terrorist Loot

Satellite imagery of Dura Europos, a 150-acre site in Syria dating to 300 B.C., shows how it looked in 2012 (left) and as it appeared in 2014 covered by looters’ pits. Select the images for high-resolution photos. View more at Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 08/26/15 The FBI is alerting art collectors and dealers to be particularly careful trading Near Eastern antiquities, warning that artifacts plundered by terrorist organizations such as ISIL are entering the marketplace. “We now have credible reports that U.S. persons have been offered cultural property that appears to have been removed from Syria and Iraq recently,” said Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, manager of the FBI’s Art Theft Program. The Bureau is asking U.S. art and antiquities market leaders to spread the word that preventing illegally obtained artifacts from reaching the market helps stem the transfer of funds to terrorists. In a single-page document titled... Read more →


Rider University Baseball: Coaching Staff Complete

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The coaching staff for the 2016 Rider University baseball team has been completed, head coach Barry Davis announced. In July it was announced that Rider grad John Crane ’96 was returning to his alma mater to be the new pitching coach. Joining Crane on the staff will be assistant coaches Jake McGeary and Matt Maher. “We are thrilled to have Jake and Matt on our staff this year,” said Davis, the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year. McGeary, of Bethlehem, PA, has served as the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Catz of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and for the last three years as an assistant coach at Northampton County College. An affiliated scout with the Oakland A’s, McGeary has also coached at East Stroudsburg University and at Bethlehem Catholic High School. “Having coached at many different levels, Jake he will bring experience to our program,” Davis said.... Read more →


Fearing for their flock, N.J. pastors seek concealed carry gun permits

MOUNT LAUREL TWP. -- Fearing for their flock, two South Jersey pastors are struggling with the state's concealed carry permitting process and reached out to the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) to voice their frustrations. Pastor Kevin Bernat, with New Life Assembly in Egg Harbor Township, and Pastor Jeffrey Kovach, of Calvary Bible Church, in… Read more →


Raymond B. Bock, Jr. of Gloucester City, age 78

On August 27, 2015. Age 78. Of Gloucester City. Loving husband of Carol (nee Palmer). Also survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother and sister. Ray proudly served our country in the U.S Marine Corps. He retired from Wheaton Village in Millville. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, followed by a Catholic Funeral Service at 8 PM. Interment will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Raymond B. Bock, Jr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Related articles OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Anthony Sean Bolton, Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Cnb Cheers and Jeers July 2015 PHOTO: Super Stallion In Paradise Photos of the week: Marines Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Sgt. Peggy Vassallo Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant Peggy Vassallo Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department, Missouri End of Watch: Monday, August 24, 2015 Sergeant Peggy Vassallo was struck and killed by a vehicle while rendering aid to another driver after being involved in an accident shortly before 8:00 am. Sergeant Vassallo, who was in full uniform, was en route to work when she was involved in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Lindbergh Blvd and Old Jamestown Rd, in St. Louis County. The other driver was complaining of neck pain, prompting Sergeant Vassallo to contact dispatchers to request medical assistance. As she was speaking to dispatchers another vehicle entered the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle swerved around Sergeant Vassallo's car and struck her, causing critical injuries. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries several hours later. Sergeant Vassallo had served with the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department... Read more →


Gloucester City Police Arrest an Alleged King and Queen on Pot Charges and Other Related Crimes

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (CNBNEWSNET)--Gloucester City Police on Thursday, August 27 at 8:45 PM arrested two South Burlington Street residents on marijuana charges and other related crimes. One of the suspects, Amanda Mayer, stated that police could not arrest her husband, Sherman Green, age 38, because he is the “king” and “God.” And she is the "queen." From the police report: On 08/27 at 2045 an officer observed a male sitting in his vehicle on the unit block of S. Burlington Street playing music at an extremely loud level. The officer approached and observed the male smoking marijuana inside of the vehicle. He was removed and placed under arrest. As officers were placing the male under arrest, the suspect’s wife exited the residence and told officers that what they were doing was wrong because he is the “king” and “God.” She further stated that she was the “queen.” Sherman Green (38)... Read more →


Cape May County Prosecutor Releases Operation Dreamchaser Indictment

Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced that on August 25, 2015, the Cape May County Grand Jury returned an Indictment in connection with the “Operation Dreamchaser” investigation, a several month long large-scale narcotics investigation initiated in January 2015 by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, culminating in the execution of numerous arrests and search warrants throughout Cape May County on May 7, 2015. The Indictment charges the following: Javier Alicia-Garcia with Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3; Javier Alicia-Garcia, Ariel Rodriguez, Gadiel J. Santiago, and Melissa Lyston with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(a)(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)(1); Gadiel J. Santiago with Possession of a Firearm While Committing a Certain Controlled Dangerous Substance Crime, 2nd degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1(a), Certain... Read more →


EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West. “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.” Smith – who frequently spars with the EPA – is chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. EPA director Gina McCarthy has been asked to appear and answer questions about the agency’s role in... Read more →


Route 168 ramp to I-295 to be closed this weekend in Bellmawr

(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the ramp from Route 168 southbound to I-295 southbound will be closed this weekend as the Direct Connection project advances in Camden and Gloucester counties. NJDOT contractor, Conti Enterprises, will close the ramp from Route 168 southbound to I-295 southbound starting Friday, August 28 at 9:00 p.m. until Monday, August 31 at 5:00 a.m. for pavement reconstruction. The following detour will be in effect for those trying to access Route 168 westbound from I-295 northbound: Motorists will be directed to continue on Route 168 southbound to the ramp to I-295 northbound. Proceed on I-295 northbound and take Exit 32 (Berlin Road). Turn left on Berlin Road and take the ramp to I-295 southbound Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with Direct Connection. Throughout... Read more →


CNB Archives: Gloucester City’s Municipal Clerk Is Fired; A Turbulent Three Years Comes to an End

CNB Archives posted Thursday, December 10, 2009 By William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews.net Category City of Gloucester City Gloucester City Mayor and Council passed a resolution at its December 7th work session to terminate the employment of Municipal Clerk Paul Kain. Kain has been absent from his position since July 10, 2009. He is no longer being paid his annual salary of $65, 000 however he continues to receive his health benefits until the end of the year. John Kearney city solicitor said because Kain has job tenure the matter now goes to the State Department of Community Affairs for a ruling. Kearney said, “A hearing will be held, and it could take as long as 30 to 60 days before a date is set. The City hired a special counsel to represent it since I could possibility be called to testify. Mr. Kain gave us no other option.... Read more →


Criminal probe secrets center on Christie’s second-in-command

By Mark Lagerkvist / August 26, 2015 The public’s right to know the outcome of a criminal probe of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be debated next week in state appellate court. New Jersey Watchdog is appealing a lower court’s decision not to release the findings of an investigation by the state attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice. Oral arguments are scheduled to be heard next Wednesday at Rutgers Law School in Camden. Guadagno frequently serves as acting governor when Chris Christie travels outside the state on presidential campaign trips. She is mentioned as a likely Republican candidate for governor in 2017 – and could take the reins even earlier if Christie steps down before his term expires. The alleged fraud occurred when Guadagno was Monmouth County sheriff in 2008, the year before she first ran for lieutenant governor as Christie’s running... Read more →


Voorhees Police Are Now Using LeadsOnline, the Nation’s Largest Online Investigative tool

LeadsOnline, the nation’s largest online investigative tool, helps police instantly track and recover stolen property no matter where it is stolen or sold. LeadsOnline also helps Voorhees citizens safely and securely store important information that is useful in recovering property in the event of a loss or theft through reportit.leadsonline.com. Voorhees, NJ – In an effort to further combat crime in Voorhees, the Voorhees Police Department is now using LeadsOnline – an investigative system that enables detectives to search for suspects and stolen property across secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, precious metal buyers, pawn shops, and internet (eBay) drop-off stores both locally and nationwide. The system equips criminal investigators with the ability to instantly solve crimes and return goods to their rightful owners. Property can be searched using serial numbers, suspect name, item descriptions, or other information. Most searches are completed within seconds. Often, these property crimes are associated with... Read more →


Kennedy Health Offers Free Informational Seminars on Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery

Voorhees, NJ – Overweight? Frustrated with diets that don’t work and rebounding weight loss – and gains? Maybe it’s time you found out more about bariatric (weight loss) surgery! Sign up to attend one of Kennedy Health’s upcoming FREE informational bariatric surgery seminars, to learn more about the various surgical weight loss options offered at Kennedy University Hospital to qualified patients. Upcoming program dates and locations include: Place: Kennedy – Stratford: 18 E. Laurel Road, 3rd Floor, Room L Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Dates: 9/22, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24 Place: Kennedy – Washington Township: 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Turnersville, 1st Floor Classroom Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Dates: 9/8, 10/1, 10/6, 10/22, 11/5 Place: Cherry Hill Library: 1100 Kings Highway North Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Dates: 9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7 Visit www.kennedyhealth.org/classes-and-events/wellness-classes to sign up. Registration is necessary, as space is limited. Kennedy also offers FREE online bariatric surgery... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Pennsylvania: ELK RAFFLE RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR CONSERVATION

Game Commission, partner organizations thank hunters for important contributions. Chalk it up as another win for wildlife conservation. With crowds estimated in the tens of thousands, this weekend’s Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo again demonstrated the extraordinary interest in and support for the state’s elk. And, just as importantly, the money raised through the event – by those attending and thousands of others who weren’t there – will continue to work to benefit elk and their habitat, and bolster the public’s continued interest in Pennsylvania’s elk herd. Among highlights at the Elk Expo was the drawing for elk licenses for the upcoming elk season to begin Nov. 2. Officials on Saturday conducted a random drawing for the 116 elk licenses – 21 for antlered elk, or bulls, and 95 for antlerless elk, or cows – that have been allocated for this season. Then, on Sunday, another winner was drawn for... Read more →


Robert D. Pflueger of Atco age 41

Suddenly on August 25, 2015. Age 41. Of Atco. Cherished son of Bonnie Johnson and the late Robert D. Pflueger. Loving brother of Katrina Zielke (William) and Annette Pflueger. Cherished uncle of Tre Byrd and Allayah Bishop and great uncle of Leanna Bishop. Viewing on Monday evening from 5 to 6 PM McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 6 PM in the funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the family. www.mccannhealey.com Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →


Agnes M. Peters of Gloucester City age 93

Surrounded by her loving family, on August 26, 2015. Age 93. (nee Bowe) Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 41 years to the late Alexander Peters. Loving mother of Linda Plusch (John), Rosemary Peters, John A. Peters (Louise) and Jim Peters. Cherished grandmother of 6 and great grandmother of 5. Beloved sister of Margaret Malan. Agnes was a devoted member of the Gloucester City Senior Citizens Association and faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Saturday morning from 10 to 11 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM. Interment will follow in New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations to Msgr. Lucitt’s Needy Children’s Christmas Fund: P.O. Box 87, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Please write in memo: Agnes M. Peters. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Henry Nelson, Sunset Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Henry Nelson Sunset Police Department, Louisiana End of Watch: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Police Officer Henry Nelson was shot and killed at approximately 3:00 pm while responding to a domestic disturbance call where three women had been stabbed by a male subject at a home on Anna Street in Sunset. When Officer Nelson arrived the subject opened fire and fatally wounded him. The subject fled the scene and crashed his vehicle into a nearby gas station where he barricaded himself for several hours. He was apprehended after a SWAT team made entry into the gas station. Officer Nelson was airlifted to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. One of the three stabbing victims also died. Officer Nelson had served with the six-person Sunset Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his daughter. Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral... Read more →