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November 2018

THE FORCE REPORT' TRACKS POLICE IN NJ OVER 17 YEARS debuted The Force Report on Thursday, an ongoing investigation of the use of force among New Jersey police. It draws on a massive database of incidents reported over nearly two decades. The major findings are available here, and a narrative 'how-we-did-it' piece is here. (NJ Advance Media) GREWAL ANNOUNCES IMMIGRATION TRUST DIRECTIVE Attorney General Gurbir Grewal revealed details about the Immigration Trust Directive on Thursday. Under the new rules, police officers are prohibited from stopping or detaining people for their immigration status. Police cannot turn over individuals to ICE except in cases of violent crime. (North Jersey Record) STATE SETS UP 'ANTI-HUNGER' AND FOOD WASTE PROGRAM On Thursday, lawmakers approved a package of measures that will support anti-hunger services and also encourage food donations. One measureincentivizes supermarkets to open in 'food deserts' using liquor licenses. Over 800,000 people in New Jersey "struggle to consistently put nutritious food on the... Read more →

Murphy’s Soccer Team Pulls Out of Pinelands Sports Complex

Sky Bly FC who was initially a partner in the massive sports complex proposal, Trophy Park, has now withdrawn from the project. Governor Phil Murphy is also a co- owner of the Sky Blue FC soccer club. Trophy Park, would be built on 200acres much of the wooded land along the shore of Prospertown Lake that was once owned by the late Stanley Switlik. The park would also be right next to the Prospertown Wildlife Management Area. Trophy Park would feature 23 full sized athletic fields, a 400,000 square foot indoor sports facility, and more. “Its good that Sky Blue FC has withdrawn from this massive sprawl project in the Pines, hopefully this could help stop the proposal. Trophy Park is a terrible project and even though Sky Blue is out, we will fight this park anyway. The project would destroy 200-acres in the Pinelands next to a state-owned wildlife... Read more →

Hopewell Theater Raises Funds for Youth Arts Education

with “Give Hope” Fundraising Drive for Young Audiences Arts for Learning HOPEWELL, NJ (November 29, 2018) – Hopewell Theater is raising funds for youth arts education this holiday season at the box office with a “Give Hope” fundraising drive for Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Hopewell Theater patrons can add a donation for Young Audiences to their ticket purchase online or in person at the box office from November 23, 2018 - January 7, 2019. “We are proud to support Young Audiences as our charity partner and work toward a future where all children, regardless of income or location, have access to quality arts-learning experiences,” says Sara Scully, executive director, Hopewell Theater. “It is part of our mission to support area cultural organizations working to enrich our community’s access to the arts.” “We are thrilled to be selected as the charity partner by Hopewell Theater as they launch their inaugural... Read more →

Obituary: Joseph W. Gallagher Jr., of Gloucester City

Gloucester City - On November 20, 2018. Age 62. Survived by his sons, Sean and Christopher Gallagher. Son of the late Joseph W. Gallagher, Sr. and Dorothy Berry Gallagher. Funeral services were private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN–HEALEY FUNERAL HOME Gloucester City Ph:856-456-1142 Read more →

Deptford Resident Marcel Steele Charged with Killing 22-Year-Old Jodeci Robinson

CNBNews graphics file WOODBURY, NJ (November 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore has announced that Marcel Steele, (DOB 1/23/96), of Deptford, New Jersey, was charged with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jodeci Robinson of Woodbury, New Jersey, and the attempted murder of 26-year-old Saliim Bey of Pine Hill, New Jersey. Bey sustained a gunshot wound in the incident but survived. On November 28, 2018, at approximately 9:22 pm, Deptford Township Police Department officers were dispatched to the unit block of Andaloro Way, Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey, for the report of multiple gunshots. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered Mr. Robinson lying on the ground, directly in front of Steele’s residence. Robinson, who had sustained a single gunshot wound, was transported to Cooper Trauma Center where he was pronounced deceased. Officers of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Deptford Township Police Department took Steele into custody without incident at... Read more →

Obituary: Robert T. Hodge of Bellmawr

Robert T. Hodge January 03, 1935 - November 28, 2018 Robert T. Hodge, Sr., on November 28, 2018, of Bellmawr, formerly of South Philadelphia. Age 83. Beloved husband of the late Margaret M. (nee Ullman). Devoted father of Robert Jr. and his wife Jean (nee Southern). Loving grandpop of Lisa Wanton and her husband Michael. Great-grandpop of Joseph Michael Wanton. Dear brother of Alice McCusker (the late James), Elizabeth McCusker (the late Joseph), Thomas Hodge, and the late George and Joseph Hodge, Dorothy Hewitt and Genevieve Davidson. There will be a viewing Wednesday morning from 8:45 to 9:45am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10:30am at St. Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, Bellmawr. Entombment New St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043. Read more →

One Resident Dies in Sea Isle Fire; Two Injured

Cape May Court House, New Jersey (November 30,2018)(CNBNewsnet)- Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Sea Isle City Police Chief Thomas McQuillen are releasing additional information regarding the multi-alarm structure fire that occurred yesterday at 29 54th Street in Sea Isle City, NJ. According to Prosecutor Sutherland, fire suppression efforts have been completed and the fire has been extinguished. Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, Sea Isle City Police Department, ATF, and members of the Cape May County and New Jersey State Fire Marshal's Office are now investigating the cause and origin of the fire which has not been determined as of yet. Prosecutor Sutherland sadly stated two individuals were injured as a result of this fire and a third resident died. Elizabeth Coleman, a 56-year-old female, and Roy Lombardo, a 60-year-old male, both residents of 29 54th Street were transported to the Cape Regional Medical Center... Read more →

Video: Purple Eagles Insider Features Maggie McIntryre, Gloucester Catholic Alumnus

This week 's episode of the Purple Eagles Insider features junior Maggie McIntyre of the Niagara University women's basketball team. McIntyre, of Mantua, received her high school education at Gloucester Catholic, Gloucester City, NJ Before Niagara McIntyre played at Gloucester Catholic High School as well as for the Philly Comets...McIntyre earned several honors during her junior season in high school, including being selected to first team all-conference, second team All-South Jersey, second team All-State and was named to the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team...At the start of her senior season, she was 85 points away from reaching 1,000 career points. Personal Born in Stratford, New Jersey...Daughter of Colleen and Michael...Has a twin brother, Michael and a sister, Kelsey...Currently pursuing an education degree. source Niagara University Read more →

WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River

Cooper River Park has once again transformed into a winter wonderland with tasty treats, and family fun! WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River is open Thursday – Sunday from November 30th until February 18, 2019. WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River is presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholder and TD Bank. New this year! WinterFest will include more family fun with arcade games in the heated tent and outdoor games for families to enjoy when they are off the ice. Click here for a listing of all WinterFest events. Check back often, as events are added each week! Grand Opening Weekend: November 30 – December 2 Visit Camden County’s WinterFest at its new location on Friday, November 30th with a tree lighting ceremony, amusement rides, carolers, give-a-ways and more! Grand Opening Weekend is November 30th through December 2nd. Friday Opening Schedule 6:30 PM – Tree Lighting Ceremony 6... Read more →

Obituary: Janine L. Toohey of Gloucester City

CNBNews graphics file On November 27, 2018, (nee Hill) of Gloucester City, NJ, age 68. She was the loving mother of Sean (Michelle) Toohey, dear sister of Michele Burger and Leslie Servus and dear grandmother of Brooke Toohey. Janine was a talented artist and a graduate of the University of the Arts. She was a lover of all the Arts and was involved in numerous art shows in the 1970’s and 80’s. Janine also enjoyed traveling, antiquing, music, literature and was a member of many book clubs both here and abroad. A celebration of Janine’s life and her artwork will be on display Saturday, December 1st from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at 1940 Olney Ave., Suite #1, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. In lieu of flowers her family would appreciate memorial donations be made to the National Endowment for the Arts, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20506. Read more →

Guest OpinionWhen It Rains It Floods on the Passaic

Jeff Tittel, NJ Sierra Club Parts of Wayne and Lincoln Park flooded today after heavy rains on Saturday caused the Passaic and Pompton rivers to overflow. The National Weather Service issued flood advisories on Saturday for much of New Jersey as rain continued across the state. Many towns are seeing problems with storm drainage from the flooding and entire streets are going underwater. “Every time there is a storm, places like Wayne, Little Falls and Lincoln Park constantly flood. It seems like a regular occurrence that every time it rains, it floods. These 200-year floods are now happening every few years thanks to climate change. The best way to protect people is to keep them away from harm’s way. This means we must focus on buying out flood prone properties to prevent flooding impacts. Another reason New Jersey is seeing increased flooding is because of Christie’s weakened regulations that protect... Read more →

Giving thanks during the darkest chapters in life

Posted By: Maria Latest News Written by Mary McCusker/The Diocese of Camden Isaac Wilson’s hands clasped tightly as he kneeled and bowed his head in prayer this past weekend at Mass. He wore his best suit. He made sure he had his offertory donation ready for the collection. He nodded intently during the homily. He prayed. “I was giving thanks,” the native Ugandan later said. “For my family. For my life. For this country. For the Church.” Pausing, he curiously asked, “What does the Thanksgiving holiday mean? Why is it only one day?” It’s a reasonable question, coming from a Catholic Charities client who, as described by program director Patrick Barry, “is the one of the most appreciative, faith-filled, and grateful people I know. He is always expressing how thankful he is, never once complaining, despite his situation.” Isaac speaks in a calm voice with a slight accent, always choosing... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic Alumni Award Winners

Gloucester City, NJ (November 29,2018)--Gloucester Catholic High School alumni award winners (L to R) included Robert Iacovone '81 (Dr. Frank and Catherine Kelly Award); Dr. Patrick Harker '77 (Thomas Iacovone Legacy Award); Paul Kelly '76 (John and Jackie O'Donnell Award); Captain Sean McKenna '89 (Thomas Stewart III Award); and Dr. James Gross '51 (GCHS Special Recognition Award). The award was presented at the Gloucester Catholic Alumni Communion Breakfast, on November 18. (photo by Gus Ostrum) For more photos click here Read more →

“Friendsgiving” with Epiphany Church Celebration

(photo provided) by Brian MacDonald for CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 29, 2018)--On November 20th, over 120 people gathered at the First Baptist church building to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with Epiphany church. While the attendance was double the anticipated number, members of the community and church partnered together to provide a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for everyone in attendance. Epiphany church plans to make the meal an annual event, to provide “a warm and welcoming atmosphere for families to gather as a community and give thanks”. Pastor Joe Marlin gave a brief message before the meal, acknowledging that it a good thing to gather with others and give thanks. Giving thanks reminds us that there is someone to give thanks to. Despite the fact that our lives may be hard at times, our lives are not guided by blind fate, but by a God who loves us. Epiphany is a place where... Read more →

Two Iranian Men Indicted for Deploying Ransomware to Extort Hospitals, Municipalities

Causing Over $30 Million in Losses NEWARK, NJ (November 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A federal grand jury returned an indictment unsealed today in Newark, New Jersey charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran, in a 34-month-long international computer hacking and extortion scheme involving the deployment of sophisticated ransomware, announced Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey and Executive Assistant Director Amy S. Hess of the FBI. The six-count indictment alleges that Savandi and Mansouri, acting from inside Iran, authored malware, known as “SamSam Ransomware,” capable of forcibly encrypting data on the computers of victims. According to the indictment, beginning in December 2015, Savandi and Mansouri would then allegedly access the computers of victim entities without authorization through security vulnerabilities, and install and execute the SamSam Ransomware... Read more →

U.S. Senator Booker, NJ Rep. Norcross discuss issues with Rowan student military personnel

Newswise (November 2018)(CNBNewsnet)— United States Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J., 1stDistrict), discussed a range of issues with Rowan student veterans and active military personnel Tuesday during a meeting in the Marketplace dining hall. The stop on Rowan’s Glassboro campus, held in advance of Election Day Nov. 6, was one of many the legislators are making ahead of Tuesday’s vote. Speaking with about a dozen student veterans, active personnel and Rowan President Ali Houshmand, Booker and Norcross discussed a variety of issues and interests with the students including their majors, careers sought, their experience in the military and health problems they might be having related to their service. Leading the discussion, Norcross noted the rising cost of higher education for all students but credited Houshmand for pursuing a variety of initiatives to drive down the cost of a four-year degree. Booker noted that, from his experience as... Read more →

Atlantic City Electric Employees Honored

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (November 28, 2018) – Atlantic City Electric recognized four outstanding employees with the company’s annual Premiere Customer Experience Award for their work in delivering exceptional customer service over the last year. The award recognizes employees who made a difference in the lives of customers through assistance and support on important topics, such as energy bills, energy assistance programs, or service requests. Atlantic City Electric established the award as part of its ongoing efforts to continually promote a customer-focused environment and to recognize employees who go above and beyond to provide a positive customer experience. “A call into one of our representatives may be one of the most important interactions a customer has with us,” said Mike Poncia, vice president of Customer Operations for Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. “Providing customers with a personal and thorough experience is only possible through the hard work and dedication... Read more →

ProPublica Staffers Win 2018 FAC Award for “Trump Town" Investigative Series  

The First Amendment Coalition is proud to announce the recipient of its 2018 Free Speech & Open Government Award is the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, selected for its extensive use of public records to increase transparency around political appointees at the highest levels of government. This year’s award goes to ProPublica staffers Derek Kravitz, Al Shaw, Claire Perlman and Alex Mierjeski, who will be honored Thursday, December 6 at the California Press Foundation’s Annual Winter Meeting in San Francisco. Each will receive a plaque and a share of the $1,000 prize money. When President Donald Trump took office in 2017, the White House said publicly it was deploying 520 political appointees throughout the government but refused to give details. In response, ProPublica launched an enormous fact-finding mission that involved filing more than 200 Freedom of Information Act and Form 201 ethics requests to every federal agency to collect names, titles, roles... Read more →

*The Masterwork Chorus Performs Handel’s Messiah

Chatham,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease)--Join the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra as they return to the stages in New York City and New Jersey to perform Handel’s Messiah. Featuring world class soloists, Kendra Colton, Soprano, Emily Marvosh, Alto, Terrence Chin-loy, Tenor and Malcolm Merriweather, Baritone. On Saturday December 15, 2018, 8:00 pm, Masterwork brings their portrayal of Messiah’s power, passion and joy to the warmth and ambiance of the Dorothy Young Performing Art Center, Drew University, Madison, N.J. This one-hundred voice ensemble exquisitely conducted by Christopher Shepard brings the drama of Messiah to life once again on the Perelman Stage in the legendary acoustic of Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, NYC, N.Y., Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm. To purchase tickets, visit or call Carnegie Charge 212-247-7800 The Masterwork Chorus has over 100 voices. Founded in 1955, the mission is simple, direct and meaningful. The non-profit chorus is dedicated to... Read more →

Delaware's Duck, Canada goose, brant, and antlerless deer hunting season splits open

Furbearer trapping seasons open in all three counties DOVER (Nov. 29, 2018) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is promoting the December openings of Delaware’s duck, Canada goose, brant, and antlerless deer hunting season splits, as well as the opening of furbearer trapping seasons. Numerous other hunting seasons remain open in December. Hunters are reminded of expanded Sunday deer hunting opportunities on all Sundays through the end of the deer-hunting season on Feb. 3, 2019, using only those hunting methods legal for the respective established deer hunting seasons. For more information, including Sunday hunting opportunities on state wildlife areas, visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sunday Hunting webpage. Hunting and trapping seasons opening in December include: Hunting: Brant: Dec. 1 – Jan. 31, 2019 Beaver: Dec. 1 – Mar. 20 (private land only) Duck, coot, and merganser: Dec. 7 – Jan. 26, 2019 Antlerless deer: Dec. 8-16, including... Read more →

Attention, Marketplace Shoppers: Don’t Delay On 2019 Enrollment

Michelle Andrews...published here with permission of Kaiser Health News Don’t procrastinate. Most consumers who buy their own insurance on the federal health insurance marketplace face a Dec. 15 deadline. Advocates are reminding these customers that if they miss the deadline, they may not have a plan that starts in January 2019. Despite repeated efforts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it remains the law of the land, and subsidies that help bring down premiums and reduce cost sharing are still available to help people afford plans sold on the marketplaces, also called exchanges. Those plans still must provide comprehensive benefits and limit out-of-pocket costs for consumers. If you buy an exchange plan, insurers can’t turn you down or charge you more if you have a preexisting medical condition. But Republicans did push through a major change in the law that takes effect in 2019: Consumers will no longer... Read more →

Cold Weather Woes and Dry Eyes

Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As cold winter months arrive, many people will live in dry, indoor conditions with the heat on all day, which contributes to the season’s being the most common time people complain about dry, itchy and watery eyes. Dry eye occurs when there is low tear production, or when the tear quality is poor and the tears evaporate too quickly. When people blink, tears spread evenly over the eye, keeping them smooth, healthy and clear. This is an important step for healthy, comfortable vision. However, it is estimated that 4.88 million Americans age 50 and older have dry eye, and suffer from irritated, burning and scratchy eyes. In most cases, dry eye can be managed successfully; but colder weather is a common dry eye irritant of which people may be unaware. Dry eyes are often a common complaint for contact lens wearers during the colder, winter... Read more →

Member Of Camden City Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Drug Sales

CAMDEN CITY, N.J.(November 2018) – A Camden man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for selling crack cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Karim Johnson, a/k/a “Chicky,” 39, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Johnson admitted that he sold crack cocaine and furanyl fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, around the 1700 block of Filmore Street in Camden. Johnson and nine other members of the drug ring were initially arrested in June 2017 following a long-term investigation by the FBI, which utilized multiple telephone wiretaps, surveillance, confidential informants, cooperating witnesses, more than 20 controlled drug purchases, a GPS vehicle... Read more →

'We were not going to let (Post 11) go down'

By Andy Proffet When he saw pictures of his post consumed by floodwaters from the nearby Peace River, American Legion Post 11 Commander Ron Jones was sick to his stomach. It was September 2017, and Hurricane Irma had swollen the river on the west side of Arcadia, Fla., to record levels, flooding Post 11’s building and the park where it stood. A year later, the post still stands, renovated and reopened, reflecting then-Post Adjutant Bob Grinis’ vow in Irma’s immediate aftermath: “I’m not going to let this place close. I refuse.” Jones and Grinis, now the post's first vice commander, talked about Post 11’s renovation in early November, almost 14 months after Irma devastated parts of Florida and a little over two months after the post’s grand reopening celebration — and just days after Hurricane Michael ravaged parts of the Florida Panhandle. “We are still coming back from Irma,” Grinis... Read more →

Man Arrested for Illegal Dumping in Delaware

GEORGETOWN (Nov. 29, 2018) – Following an investigation into a complaint of illegal dumping on Hastings Farm Road in Georgetown, Natural Resources Police Officers with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a Laurel man Nov. 28 for illegal dumping of refuse. While on patrol, officers observed approximately six bags of household garbage dumped on the side of the roadway. Robert A. Young Jr., 35, of Laurel, was charged with one count of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste materials. The charge carries a minimum fine of $500. Young was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown, where he plead guilty to one count of illegal dumping. He was ordered to pick up the trash and issued a $500 fine. Residents can report illegal trash dumping to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802. Read more →

FBI News: Convicted Killer Linked to 90 Murders

FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Connects Cases to Prolific Serial Killer A 78-year-old man sitting in prison in Texas may be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, FBI crime analysts report. According to the Texas Rangers, Samuel Little has confessed to 90 murders to date, and the FBI is working with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Texas Rangers, and dozens of state and local agencies to match Little’s confessions with evidence from women who turned up dead in states from California to Florida between 1970 and 2005. Samuel Little in 1956 and today (photos courtesy of FBI) Little’s run-ins with the law date back to 1956, and there are clear signs of a dark, violent streak among his many shoplifting, fraud, drug, solicitation, and breaking and entering charges. But law enforcement has only recently begun unraveling the true extent of his crimes. Little... Read more →

American Heroes: Capt. Andrew Ross, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Emond, Air Force Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin

DOD Identifies Three Operation Freedom's Sentinel Casualties Capt. Andrew Ross, from left, and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Emond, both Green Berets with 3rd Special Forces Group, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, were killed Nov. 27, 2018, when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Andar, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. (DoD) The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers and one airman who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The service members died Nov. 27, 2018, from injuries sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Andar, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The airman was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. The incident is under investigation. The deceased are: Army Capt. Andrew Patrick... Read more →


HARRISBURG, PA (November 28,2018)- Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 365 bears, raising the 2018 statewide season harvest to 1,993 – a 10 percent increase compared to the 1,796 taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2017. Hunters took more bears on the season’s last day than on the third day – 211. On the season’s second day, hunters took 381 bears. Archery and other early-bear season harvest data is not included in this report. Comprehensive bear harvest totals that include bears taken during the early and extended seasons will be released in the coming months. During the statewide season, bears were harvested in 55 counties. The top 10 bears processed at check stations were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 600 pounds or more. The largest bear harvested was a 780-pound male taken with a rifle Nov. 19... Read more →


Police have launched a man hunt for Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, allegedly developed and used ransomware to exhort a total of $6 million from several hospitals, organizations, and entities nationwide. The city of Newark was caught up in the scheme, according to a statement provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey. The indictment alleges the first target was a Mercer County business in 2015. (Asbury Park Press) MURPHY ANNOUNCES STEM ASSOCIATES DEGREE PROGRAM Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that New Jersey will become the ninth state to join P-TECH, a program co-developed by IBM that aims to help students launch careers in STEM. With the help of state of federal funding, high schoolers in the six-year program can earn their associates degree for free. Three high schools were chosen for the 2019-20 year. (NJ Advance Media) SPORTS BETTING IN NJ ON THE RISE; NBA... Read more →

Camden City Drug Trafficking Ring Busted! 19 People Charged in Takedown

CNBNews graphics file 10 Arrests Made in Coordinated Takedown by Federal and State Law Enforcement; Eight Defendants At Large, One in Custody on State Charges CAMDEN City, N.J.(November 29,2018)(CNBNewsnet) – Nineteen people were charged today for their roles in a conspiracy to sell significant amounts of illegal drugs in Camden, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. A complaint unsealed today charges the defendants (see chart below) with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that involved at least 280 grams of cocaine base, at least one kilogram of heroin, and other quantities of cocaine and fentanyl. The defendants arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court. E defendants remain at large. According to documents filed in this case: An investigation led by the FBI used surveillance, confidential informants, consensual recordings, multiple controlled drug purchases, record checks, a GPS vehicle... Read more →

57-Year Old Bristol PA Man Arrested for Stabbing in North Cape May

Cape May Court House, New Jersey (November 29,2018)-- - Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Mastriana of the Lower Township Police Department announce the arrest of 57 year old, Joseph T. Schroeder on first degree attempted murder charges resulting from a stabbing that occurred yesterday in North Cape May. On the morning of November 28, 2018, the Lower Township Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing inside a residence in the 1200 block of Sunnyside Drive. Upon arrival officers found the victim, 50 year old Vincent Harrington, with multiple stab wounds and the accused, Joseph Schroeder, who was taken into custody without incident. The victim was then transported to the Atlantic City Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and is currently listed in stable condition. The accused was transported to Cooper Medical Center and treated for injuries to his hands which... Read more →

Delaware Waterfront: We're ready for December!

PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 29,2018)--Holiday celebrations begin down on the Waterfront this Friday and continue all the way through the SugarHouse New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. This weekend, bring the whole family out for the FREE Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest with headliners Bianca Ryan, the first winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and Jackie Verna, top 10 finalist on Season 14 of NBC’s The Voice. The full two-hour stage program will feature 14 different acts from across the region including the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symmetry Skating Team, Estilo Dancers, Joseph A. Ferko String Band, and closing out the night with Trena Ferebee and the Sounds of Soar. When the countdown ends, the beautiful tree will be lit accompanied by a short land-side fireworks show. Other entertainment throughout the night includes photos with Santa, face painting, wreath making,... Read more →

Murphy’s Soccer Team Massive Sprawl Project Proposed for the Pinelands

TRENTON, NJ (November 29, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A massive 200- acre sports complex has been proposed in the Pinelands of Jackson. The project called Trophy Park, would be built outside of the Pinelands Reserve on much of the wooded land along the shore of Prospertown Lake that was once owned by the late Stanley Switlik. The park would also be right next to the Prospertown Wildlife Management Area. This is critical forest area that drains into the Barnegat Bay. Trophy Park would feature 23 full sized athletic fields, a 400,000 square foot indoor sports facility, and more. Sky Blue FC is a partner in this project. Governor Phil Murphy is also a co- owner of the Sky Blue FC soccer club. This is the second massive sports complex proposal in Jackson. A 150-acre project, proposed by Cardinale Enterprises in June, sits on Monmouth Road adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure. “An environmentally sensitive... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing NJ: Six-day Firearm Deer and Black Bear hunting seasons

The week of December 3-8 may be the busiest week of the year for hunters in New Jersey: Six-day Firearm Deer and Black Bear hunting seasons (Segment B) open Monday 1/2 hour before sunrise Permit Bow season continues in zones governed by Deer Regulation Sets #4-8 Permit Shotgun and Permit Muzzleloader seasons are open for antlerless deer only in zones governed by Regulation Sets #7-8 Consult the 2018-19 Hunting Digest for specific information on all seasons. Deer Regulation Sets are found on pages 38-43; the table on page 34 clarifies which firearms, bows and ammunition are legal for each deer season. Bear season information begins on page 50. The pheasant/quail season closes on December 1 and reopens December 10; stocking resumes with birds available beginning December 15 on 24 Wildlife Management Areas. See the Small Game Information page for the stocking schedule and additional small game season information. See the... Read more →

Enjoy a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas

KUTZTOWN, PA (11/20/2018) Christmas on the Farm will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. The event will feature PA Dutch folklife demonstrations, live animals, kid's activities, local folk artists, and more. Learn about regional folk culture at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center's annual Christmas on the Farm: a celebration of the holiday season and PA German Christmas traditions. Christmas on the Farm is a free and fun educational event for the whole family and is sure to be filled with many things to do, see, smell, and hear. Stunning displays of work created by local artisans and craftspeople, as well as a children's craft tent, keep both young and old entertained. Experience historical and cultural live demonstrations featuring hearth cooking, miniature painting, and calligraphy. Terry Berger will be baking PA German sweets like... Read more →

*Gloucester County Flu-Shot Schedule

Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Department of Health is gearing up and preparing to provide no cost flu shots to county residents. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health said residents should check their mailboxes for the flu shot schedule of locations and times in the county's newsletter. Damminger said, "One of the easiest and best ways to stay flu free this year is to get your flu shot. It is not too early to start thinking about flu season and the Health Department has scheduled thirty-four flu shot clinics. We anticipate administering up to 11,000 immunizations this year." Damminger stated, “There is no cost for our residents and we make it so easy there is no excuse not to get immunized. There is a flu shot clinic scheduled in every town so that residents can easily access this service.” Freeholder... Read more →

Cathedral Kitchen appoints a new executive director

Posted on November 23, 2018 Posted By: Maria... Categories: Latest News Cathedral Kitchen (CK), a nonprofit that provides meals and other services in Camden, has a new executive director. Carrie Kitchen Santiago, formerly the executive director of the Community Learning Center in Philadelphia, began leading Cathedral Kitchen on Nov. 6. She replaced long time executive director Karen Talarico, who retired after 15 years of service. Talarico was honored at the CK Hunger for Harvest event Nov. 2 at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom. Karen Kitchen Santiago (right) has replaced Karen Talarico as Executive Director of the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden which provides 100,000 meals, as well as other services, to the community last year. “Karen has been a true visionary, creating a well-respected job training program and a social enterprise division which creates jobs for the Camden community and promotes the organization’s self-sustainability,” said Glenn Giveans, Cathedral Kitchen’s president of the... Read more →

ICE removes 5 fugitives wanted in El Salvador for various crimes including aggravated murder

HOUSTON — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) on Friday removed five illegal aliens from El Salvador, who were fugitives wanted in their home country for various serious crimes, including aggravated murder. Jose David Umanzor-Hernandez, 26, was wanted for aggravated homicide and criminal associations; Ever Rafael Roca-Ruiz, 24, was wanted for aggravated homicide; Milessa Carolina Cortez-Granados, 22, was wanted for attempted aggravated murder and terrorist organizations; Pedro Antonio Cruz Rodriguez, 20, was wanted for aggravated homicide, terrorist organizations and aggravated deprivation of liberty; and Kevin Brandon Aragon Luna, 20, was wanted for terrorist organizations. All five were flown on an ICE Air Operations charter flight from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, to the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador. Upon arrival in El Salvador, all five fugitives were presented to the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC)... Read more →

Philadelphia Man Sentenced to Life Plus 207 Years’ Imprisonment for Violent Crime Spree

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Khalil Smith a/k/a “Lil,” 35, of Philadelphia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg to life plus 207 years’ imprisonment, to be served consecutively. Smith was found guilty by a jury in January 2017, of committing a series of horrifying crimes, including armed home invasion robberies, carjackings, a kidnapping, and related firearms offenses—all over the course of an approximate 20-month period, from October 2012 to April 2014. Smith was a leader of an extremely violent criminal organization of 20 individuals. As part of their conspiracy, they planned to commit armed robberies and kidnappings. Their goal was to steal drugs, drug proceeds, and other items of value, or obtain ransom for the release of their kidnapping victims. Members of the conspiracy conducted surveillance of their victims and tracked their victims using GPS devices. Smith and the others also used... Read more →

Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

Judith Graham--published here with permission of Kaiser Health News When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, which hadn’t happened before, and went to a hospital for an evaluation. In the waiting room, Tidyman opened the folder. “Very soon I saw that there were pages and pages of notes that referred to a different person with the same name — a person whose medical conditions were much more complicated and numerous than my father’s,” she said. Tidyman pulled out sheets with mistaken information and made a mental note to always check records in the future. “That was a wake-up call,” she said. Older adults have cause to be careful about what’s in their medical... Read more →

Indictment Charges Man With Attempted Murder for Allegedly Firing Gun at Driver in Buena

A separate state grand jury found the state trooper who fired at the defendant was justified in his actions TRENTON – A state grand jury has indicted a man on charges including attempted murder for allegedly firing a handgun at a motorist during an incident in Buena, N.J., on May 2, 2018. A state trooper later fired his service weapon at the alleged gunman, Luis Figueroa, when Figueroa allegedly pointed a gun at him. Nobody was injured in the shootings. A separate state grand jury found the state trooper was justified in his actions against Figueroa. Under the Attorney General’s Independent Prosecutor Directive, the use of deadly force by the state trooper was investigated by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team (“SRT”), made up of investigators from the Division of Criminal Justice and New Jersey State Police Homicide Unit, all of whom operate independently of their usual chain of command... Read more →

RUTGERS STUDY: Negative Portrayals in the News Media Affect How Police Treat Black Men

Newswise — Negative portrayals in the news media affect how police treat black men in the United States, according to a Rutgers School of Public Health study. The study appears in the book Research in Race and Ethnic Relations. The study was based on the premise that public perceptions of male dangerousness are a factor in influencing police action and the public’s willingness to accept an officer’s deadly actions as legitimate. It also noted that black masculinity is often equated with hypermasculinity, criminality and hypersexuality. “Unarmed black Americans are five times more likely to be shot and killed by police than unarmed white Americans. We believe that media may play a significant role in these disproportionate deaths,” said lead author Pamela Valera, an assistant professor. “The stereotypes held, consciously or unconsciously, about the criminality and ‘dangerousness’ of black men influence the rates at which they are stopped and engaged by... Read more →

Hillary Clinton: Fox News Is ‘Superb Propaganda,’ ‘A Wholly Owned Subsidiary Of Trump’

Gramma still has the alphabet networks. Via Washington Times: Hillary Clinton tore into Fox News during a recent interview with The Guardian, calling the cable news network “a wholly owned subsidiary” of the Trump administration that peddles in propaganda. In an interview with the British newspaper published Friday, the former secretary of state and twice-failed presidential candidate accused President Trump of being “quite a student of authoritarian regimes” who craves adulation and “dominance over any situation he finds himself in.” Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Trump fits the description of authoritarian movements and leaders throughout history who worked to “destroy a common base of fact and evidence” and create an “alternative reality.” “One of the ways you do that is by consistently attacking the press,” she argued. “Now [Mr. Trump] doesn’t attack Fox News, because they’re like a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump and the Republican party now. So he attacks... Read more →

Legion Baseball prepared Melvin and Snitker for success

The American Legion Two former American Legion Baseball players, Bob Melvin (right, above) and Brian Snitker, (left above)were named the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Managers of the Year Award on Tuesday. Both Melvin, manager of the Oakland A’s, and Snitker, skipper for the Atlanta Braves, spoke with The American Legion and praised their experiences playing Legion Baseball, crediting the organization with aiding in their successes. "American Legion for me was probably the time that maybe [a career in baseball] was the way I was going," said Melvin, a three-time Manager of the Year. Melvin led his Post 375 squad from Palo Alto, Calif., to an American Legion World Series berth in 1980 and was the recipient of the James F. Daniel Jr. Memorial Sportsmanship Award, which is presented to a player who participates in the Legion World Series and best embodies the principles of good sportsmanship. "It was a... Read more →

Authorities Continue Investigation Into The 2006 Murder of 4 Women; Bodies Dumped in AC

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, ACPO Lt. Justin Furman, Egg Harbor Township Det. Sgt. Cherie Burgan, Atlantic City Police Deputy Chief James Sarkos, Capt. Lee Hendricks, and Capt. Robert Campbell recently visited the area where the bodies of four women were dumped 12 years ago in a drainage ditch in West Atlantic City (Egg Harbor Township). The case is remains an active investigation. MAYS LANDING-Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner refuses to use the label “cold case”, when referring to the unsolved murders of four women whose bodies were found dumped 12 years ago today in a drainage ditch in West Atlantic City Prosecutor Tyner said law enforcement needs the public’s help as the investigation continues 12 years later. “Somebody knows something about this case. Somebody has to know something,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner says of the discovery on Nov. 20, 2006, of the bodies of Kim... Read more →

Pemberton Man Indicted for Murder in 2017 Sunbury Village Shooting

MOUNT HOLLY - Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 23-year-old Pemberton Township resident has been indicted for fatally shooting a man in the Sunbury Village neighborhood early last year. Douglas Lewis, of Fort Dix Road, was indicted on charges of Murder (First Degree), Conspiracy to Commit Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), Aggravated Assault (Second Degree), Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons (Second Degree) and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). The indictment was returned yesterday and signed by Prosecutor Coffina. An arraignment will be scheduled soon in Superior Court. Lewis has been held in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly since his arrest in October 2018. The investigation revealed that officers from the Pemberton Township Police Department were called to the 100 block of Kinsley Road on March 21, 2017 just before 9 p.m. for a report of... Read more →