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March 2018

AG’s Shooting Response Team Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Princeton

View the Attorney General's Independent Prosecutor Directive PRINCETON, N.J. - The Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of a shooting yesterday afternoon in Princeton in which police fatally shot a man who entered a restaurant with a gun, leading to a lengthy standoff with officers. According to the preliminary investigation, the incident began shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday when the armed man entered Panera Bread on Nassau Street, across from the Princeton University campus. Customers and employees were able... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Fort Frederick State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo

April 7 Event Open to Anglers Aged 15 and Under Young anglers can catch stocked trout and other fish from 8 a.m. to noon April 7, during the Fort Frederick State Park annual youth fishing rodeo at Beaver Pond. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources works with local organizations to host youth fishing rodeos, providing fun and engaging educational opportunities for nearly 5,000 children statewide. “Some of the fondest memories a child will have are created in the great outdoors with family and friends,” Maryland... Read more →


AG Grewal Announces New Policies Designed to Ensure Law Enforcement Safety

Directive 2018-2 I Directive 2018-3 TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced the following new law enforcement policies designed to identify and address problematic behavior and illegal drug use by police officers: Random Drug Testing Policy – Attorney General Directive 2018-2 establishes a uniform policy requiring all law enforcement agencies statewide to conduct mandatory random drug testing of all sworn officers and requires that officers who test positive for illegal drug use must be suspended immediately from all duties pending termination of their... Read more →


Stockton Panel to Address Understanding & Dealing with Opioid Addiction

Galloway, N.J. - “How Do We Address the Opioid Epidemic? A Panel on Understanding and Dealing with Opioid Addiction” will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at Stockton University’s Alton Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Stockton’s American Democracy Project/Political Engagement Project. The interdisciplinary panel will feature Stockton faculty and staff Nathaniel Hartman assistant professor of Biology, Jack Lewis assistant professor of Social Work, Michele Previti assistant professor of Health Science and Luanne Anton health educator in the Wellness Center, with moderator... Read more →


Another View: CULT GURU BUSTED DURING HOLY WEEK

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the arrest of Keith Raniere: Holy Week is a week of atonement for Christians, but this year it has special meaning for Keith Raniere as well: the cult guru, who exploited his women followers, was arrested by the FBI in Mexico on March 26 on charges of sex trafficking and forced labor. On March 27, the FBI raided the home of his sidekick, Nancy Salzman, in upstate New York. Raniere, known to his minions as “The Vanguard,” ran... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: Higher Education, Local Government and Business Partner in New Jersey

RCGC's Stacking credentials add up to meet employment demands Deptford Twp. – On Tuesday, March 27, seven local industry partners stepped forward along with officials from Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC), Rowan University, the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) and state and county government to introduce the Rowan Work & Learn Consortium — a new program that addresses college affordability while meeting employment demands within the local job market. "This unique and creative partnership serves as a model for how our community colleges... Read more →


Obituary: John P.Davidson II, of Brooklawn; Union Electrician, Softball Coach, GHS Alumnus

On March 27, 2018, at the age of 52. Of Brooklawn. Son of the late John F. Davidson and Janet Davidson (nee Runner). Loving father of John P. Davidson, III (Ashley), Samantha Girgenti (William), Hali Davidson and Kasey Davidson. Cherished grandfather of Conner. Beloved brother of Michael Davidson and uncle of Coral Davidson. John was a graduate of Gloucester High School class of 1984. He worked as a union electrician for IBEW Local 351 out of Hammonton. John spent many years coaching softball in Gloucester... Read more →


Bruce V. Davis Found Guilty of Stalking Monroe Township Woman

WOODBURY, NJ (March 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Bruce V. Davis (DOB 8/22/69), of Glassboro was found guilty by a Gloucester County jury on Tuesday (3/27) of stalking a Monroe Township woman he didn’t know, who testified he reappeared at her house unwanted several times and sent her unsolicited e-mail messages after he was given water he asked her for in September 2016. Davis committed the offense with a course of conduct that instilled fear, Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Dana Anton told the jury. He became fixated and... Read more →


MURPHY EXPANDS RULES FOR ACCESS TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Various kinds of pain and anxiety are among the conditions that will be eligible for treatment with medical marijuana under new rules unveiled by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, NJ Spotlight reports. The state Department of Health is also planning to increase the potency of medical marijuana that is allowed. Meanwhile, supporters of marijuana legalization are calling on the courts to expunge criminal records for nonviolent and minor possession offenses, although some have expressed concern that the courts could be flooded with such requests. HACKENSACK... Read more →


Welcome home, Vietnam War veterans

Dear American Legion Family and Friends, Thursday is Vietnam War Veterans Day. While we honor our war dead on Memorial Day and our living veterans on Veterans Day, this is a time when we give a special tribute to those who served during the Vietnam War. For many, it’s the recognition they deserved when they returned to America. They defended our flag with honor. They supported democracy. They fought in brutal conditions. Yet when many Vietnam War veterans returned to America, they were unwelcomed. While... Read more →


Burlington City Police Asking Public for Help with Identifying Armed Robber of Super Speedy Mart

BURLINGTON CITY, NJ (March 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--On Monday, March 19, 2017, at approximately 2:36 pm, the City of Burlington Police Department was dispatched to the Super Speedy Mart, located on Route 130 for a report of an armed robbery. During the robbery attempt, the employee was assaulted and stabbed during the altercation. He was transported to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden for life-threatening injuries. He was listed in stable condition and has since been released. The suspect fled and is believed he left with an... Read more →


Suspected Drug House Raided in Beverly City; Authorities Arrest Eight Suspects

MOUNT HOLLY – A search warrant executed at a suspected drug house last week in Beverly City resulted in the arrests of eight people in connection with illegal activity at the residence, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Beverly City Public Safety Director Rich Wolbert announced today. An investigation by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force and the Beverly City Police Department revealed that the residence at 231 C Broad Street was being used as a location to sell drugs.... Read more →


WARNING: Brute Force Attacks Conducted by Cyber Actors

Systems Affected Networked systems Overview According to information derived from FBI investigations, malicious cyber actors are increasingly using a style of brute force attack known as password spraying against organizations in the United States and abroad. On February 2018, the Department of Justice in the Southern District of New York, indicted nine Iranian nationals, who were associated with the Mabna Institute, for computer intrusion offenses related to activity described in this report. The techniques and activity described herein, while characteristic of Mabna actors, are not... Read more →


Gloucester City Police to Participate in Distracted Driving Enforcement & Education Campaign

UDrive. UText. UPay to be carried out locally from April 1 – April 21, 2018 (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ) -- Law enforcement officers from the Gloucester City Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. “Distracted... Read more →


Philadelphia-Area Political Consultant Charged with Obstructing Investigating Of FEC

PHILADELPHIA – A federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania returned a superseding indictment today adding charges in a pending criminal case against a Philadelphia-area political consultant announced U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. The original indictment, returned on Oct. 24, 2017, charged Kenneth Smukler, 57, with causing unlawful campaign contributions, causing the filing of false reports to the Federal Election Commission (FEC),... Read more →


(Video) DISTRICT 20 Nightmare for South Brunswick High School Senior wrestler Brandon Brown

South Brunswick,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) March 27, 2018 DISTRICT 20 Nightmare for South Brunswick High School Senior wrestler Brandon Brown. What could have been as the State Wrestling Finals are now over? Just six years ago Brandon Brown was living in Dominican Republic and training for baseball with one of the best strategic Coaches in D.R. named Suarez. The family decided to move the family to their Mother Ana’s native land Dominican Republic so they could learn the culture and language. Brown decided to pursue... Read more →


Kramer Hall to Host Lecture on Immigration Issues and their Impact

Galloway, N.J. – Jessie Finch, assistant professor of Sociology at Stockton University, will discuss immigration policy and its impact at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street in Hammonton. Finch co-edited the 2016 book “Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La Vida No Vale Nada” (Life Has No Worth). The volume, published by the University of Arizona Press, confronts migrant deaths and disappearances in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and reflects on the startling realities of death, migration and public... Read more →


Christina DeJoseph of Palmyra Inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

CNBNews graphic files WESTMINSTER, MD -- Christina DeJoseph of Palmyra (08065), a student at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., is among 31 McDaniel students inducted March 25 into the Delta of Maryland Chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. Founded in 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 283 colleges and universities in the United States and more than half a million members throughout the country. Visit www.pbk.org. For more information about McDaniel... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Putting an end to the unused sick pay scam in New Jersey

Great news: Your local police chief and school superintendent haven't been sick in 20 years. That's something that should make you knock wood and toast their good health, maybe even join ... Read more →


Could #MarchForOurLives Be A Setback For Gun Control?

Via CBS: Saturday’s #MarchForOurLives was billed as a protest against gun violence. But for many Americans on the Right, it felt like they were under attack. Many student speakers gave lip service to non-partisanship. “Now is the time to come together, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans,” student leader David Hogg said in his speech. However it was hard not to notice that some Americans were, to paraphrase George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” more ‘American’ than others. For a non-partisan rally against gun... Read more →


Slim Randles Home Country: Delbert McLain, our very own Chamber of Commerce

Slim Randles | CNBNewsnet Hear ye! Hear ye! Cometh to the think tank this morning Delbert McLain, our very own Chamber of Commerce. A broad smile beameth. You know, we’re really proud of Del. Of course, what he’d like to do is make this valley so rich and crowded that none of us would want to live here anymore, but at least he works really hard at it. We admire hard work. “Hey Del,” Steve said, “pull up a cup and sit down.” “Thanks guys,”... Read more →


Elizabeth NJ Resident Admits Interstate Theft Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – An Elizabeth, New Jersey, man today admitted operating a scheme to fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in commercial and residential merchandise from various companies, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Roy Depack, a/k/a “Ray Depack,” a/k/a “Roy Soriano,” a/k/a “John Soriano,” 43, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. According to documents filed in this case and statements made... Read more →


Past Manager of Mooristown Assisted Living Facility Indicted for Stealing from Elderly Person

NEWARK, N.J. – The business manager of a Morristown, New Jersey, assisted living facility has been charged with exploiting her position to steal approximately $237,000 from an elderly victim under her care, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Marcella Drakeford, 45, of Jensen Beach, Florida, is charged with six counts of mail fraud. Drakeford was arrested today and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shaniek M. Maynard in federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida. She was indicted March 16, 2018, by a federal grand jury sitting... Read more →


Washington Township Saves Lives program 

(Washington Twp., NJ) on Wednesday, March 14, Freeholder Heather Simmons joined Mayor Joann Gattinelli, Business Administrator Jason Gonter, Washington Township Council, Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and other to speak about community engagement at the Washington Township Saves Lives news conference. Washington Township Saves Lives is a program designed to promote the prevention of Township residents who patronize Washington Township bars and restaurants with free Uber rides to get home safely. Currently there are 16 local bars and restaurants participating. Freeholder... Read more →


Maryland's Natural Resources Careers Camp Accepting Applicants for July 2018

Annual Weeklong Program Offered for Grades 9-12 Students observe stream wildlife at Casselman River Bridge State Park during the 2017 Natural Resources Career Camp. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites high school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management to participate in Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 22-28 at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. Experts from a variety of conservation, environmental and natural resources fields will provide campers with a firsthand look at what it takes for a... Read more →


DEP'S NEW JERSEY FOREST SERVICE PROVIDING TREE SEEDLINGS TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO RESIDENTS

Trees Unlimited LLC TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is making 90,000 free tree seedlings available to residents through the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, an ongoing effort of the New Jersey Forest Service, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation and other partners. Registered municipalities will receive up to 2,000 seedlings each for distribution to residents through early May. Many counties have multiple distribution locations. Distribution dates vary. Residents are eligible to receive bundles of five free seedlings at any... Read more →


Former QVC Director Jamie Falkowski Pleads Guilty To Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

PHILADELPHIA – James D. Falkowski, a/k/a “Jamie Falkowski,” 42, of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty on March 20, 2018 in federal court to criminal charges for which he was indicted including eleven counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. Falkowski pleaded guilty to operating a multi-faceted fraud scheme while working as a director at QVC, Inc., an American cable, satellite and broadcast television network and multinational corporation specializing in televised and internet home shopping based in... Read more →


MS-13 member wanted for violent crimes removed to El Salvador

WASHINGTON – A Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member wanted for violent crimes in El Salvador was removed from the U.S. Friday by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Reinaldo Gomez-Sandoval, 23, is wanted by El Salvadoran law enforcement authorities for membership to an illicit group, aggravated homicide and illegal imprisonment. On Friday, he departed the U.S. from Alexandria International Airport in Louisiana escorted by ERO deportation officers via an ICE Air Operations charter. He was transferred to... Read more →


Whitman Elementary School nurse Carol Ann Wesh Honored

Pictured: Isabella Wilson, Carol Ann Wesh, and Freeholder Simmons (Turnersville, NJ) On March 8, Freeholder Heather Simmons presented Whitman Elementary School nurse Carol Ann Wesh with a certificate of commendation for her actions in helping student Isabella Wilson become diagnosed with a health condition. Freeholder Simmons, liaison to the Department of Economic Development and Public Works, said, "School nurses are dedicated to taking care of their student bodies. When they see a student with a condition that they believe may be a problem or has... Read more →


DOD to Commemorate 1st Anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Deputy Secretary of Defense and Veterans Affairs Secretary to Lay Wreath at ‘The Wall’ in Honor of Vietnam Veterans WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense today announced it will conduct a wreath laying ceremony with the Department of Veterans Affairs at The Vietnam War Memorial March 29, 2018. President Trump recently signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, establishing The National Vietnam War Veterans Day that will, henceforth, be celebrated each year on March 29. This is the first anniversary of... Read more →


Travel: All in for All-Inclusive Fun? Let's go to Cancun, Mexico!

By Nicole Pensiero | CNBNewsnet There's a first time for everything, as they say. And finally, it was time to give an all-inclusive vacation a try. Aside from ocean cruising, I'd never been very interested in all-inclusive travel, imaging long buffet lines, watered-down drinks and sub-par food. But when pondering a good getaway for my 60th birthday, the idea of a four-night jaunt to Mexico (with five longtime friends) seemed ideal. And an all-inclusive resort, selected online, seemed our best value. We opted for the... Read more →


ASSEMBLY VOTES TO MAKE NJ GUN LAWS TOUGHER

Just two days after huge protests led by high school students from Parkland, Fla., the state Assembly voted to pass a package of six bills, sponsored by Democrats, to make New Jersey’s gun laws -- among the toughest in the country -- even more strict, NJ.com writes. The measures mandate that law enforcement officers remove a person’s guns if a mental health professional determines that the person is a threat to himself or others, bans armor piercing bullets and limits magazines to no more than... Read more →


Distracted Driving Enforcement and Education Campaign UDrive. UText. UPay in Brooklawn

CNBNewsnet files (BROOKAWN, NJ)(March 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) -- Law enforcement officers from the Brooklawn Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. “Distracted driving is possibly the most serious safety issue on our roadways today,” said... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing NJ: Delaware River Shad Fishing Reports - 2018

Surveys Show Strong Rebound of American Shad In the Delaware River (DEP News Release, 10/30/17) Andrew and Steve Meserve mix fish roe and chicken eggs to create a unique dish (Travel Channel) Every year American shad migrate up the Delaware River to spawn. The numbers and timing of the "shad run" vary year to year depending on water temperature and conditions. Having accurate, up-to-date information on the run can greatly impact on angling success and enjoyment. Fortunately, there are resources anglers can use to get... Read more →