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Man Swallows Heroin and Dies, Family Awarded $180,000; Dollar Tree Store Opens Sunday



By William E. Cleary Sr. 

6a00d8341bf7d953ef01b8d147a14f970c-320wiUNBELIEVABLE!—The State of N.J. and the Camden County Prosecutor Office are poised to pay $180,000 to settle
a police wrongful death claim, according to N.J. Civil Settlements. The agreement was reached at a hearing before United States District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle on November 18, 2015.

Jorge E. Rivera died in 2009 while suffocating on a plastic bag. The Courier Post reported that the bag contained heroin.

According to a lawsuit filed by Maria Ortiz, wife of Jorge E. Rivera, the deceased was sitting outside with friends on April 22, 2009, when he was approached by State Trooper Dennis Quinn and Camden County Prosecutor's Office Investigators Peter Longo and Thomas DiNunzio.  Rivera, upon seeing the officers approach, reportedly "attempted to swallow a small plastic bag that was in his possession" when he was attacked by the officers.  Because he was handcuffed, Rivera reportedly could not remove the plastic bag that had become lodged in his throat.

The lawsuit states, Rivera became unconscious due to the officers' continued beating even while the bag was stuck in his throat.  He was later pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital and the official cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation.  According to Ortiz's attorney, Mark Frost of Philadelphia, who was quoted in the Courier Post's June 10, 2015, article, the officers "stood idly" by while Rivera was choking and did nothing to help him.  


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NEW BUSINESS OPENING IN GLOUCESTER CITY—A Dollar Tree store will be opening on Sunday, January 3 at 6a00d8341bf7d953ef01b8d149f9d4970c-320wi401 South Broadway, Gloucester City.  Previously The Family Dollar store occupied the premises. That business closed in October.


Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar in July 2015. According to the company’s website, the combined organization will now have more than 13,600 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces with sales exceeding $19 billion annually.

Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), is North America's leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less.

“We are pleased to announce we have completed our acquisition of Family Dollar and we formally welcome the Family Dollar team to the Dollar Tree organization," stated Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer. "This is a transformational opportunity for our business to offer broader, more compelling merchandise assortments, with greater values, to a wider array of customers. This acquisition will extend our reach to low-income customers while strengthening and diversifying our footprint. We plan to leverage best practices across both organizations to deliver significant cost synergies.”