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November 2018

THE FORCE REPORT' TRACKS POLICE IN NJ OVER 17 YEARS

NJ.com 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 →


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 www.mccannhealey.com 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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Pennsylvania: PRELIMINARY STATEWIDE BEAR HARVEST RESULTS

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 →


NJ HACKERS EXTORTED $6M NATIONWIDE

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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


*Whitall House Lights Up for Christmas Season

National Park, NJ) The James and Ann Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield is extending an early invitation to residents of the county to attend their free annual Candlelight Christmas Tours coming up in December. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "It's never too early to start getting in the spirit for the holiday season by finding fun things to do in the county to celebrate season’s greetings in new and unique ways." Visitors will be able to see the Whitall House decorated in natural elements that the colonists would have incorporated into their seasonal decorating, such as pinecones, and other items that can be found around the area in forests, fields, meadows and riverbanks. Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, Liaison to the Department of Parks, said, “This year Christmas Village Pop up Shops will be incorporated into the tours. These shops will be full of unique handmade gifts for visitors... Read more →


New Electronic Sign for Cold Springs Grade School

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --A computerized electronic sign was erected at the Cold Springs Elementary School, Cold Springs Drive earlier this week. At the top of the sign the words Cold Springs School is flanked on either side by photos of a kitten reading a book. (photo credit CNBNewsnet) Read more →


Cape May County Prosecutor: No Criminal Charges Will Be Filed Against North Wildwood Officials

CNBNews graphics file Cape May Court House, New Jersey (November 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)- Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the Cape May County Prosecutor’s office will not be pursuing any criminal charges regarding the altercation that took place outside of the Golden Nugget Casino between Atlantic City Mayor, Frank Gilliam, Atlantic City Councilman, Jeffree Fauntleroy II and certain employees of the Haven Nightclub. The citizen’s complaints that were filed against Mayor Gilliam and Councilman Fauntleroy will be addressed by the municipal court in North Wildwood with a current listed date of December 11, 2018. Read more →


Elijah Jackson, age 39, of Sicklerville Murdered

CNBNewsnet graphics file CAMDEN CITY NJ (NOVEMBER 28, 2018)(CNBNEWSNET)Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a fatal shooting that occurred on November 27, 2018, in Camden. Camden County Police responded to 7th and State Streets in Camden at approximately 10:32 a.m. to reports of a man who was unconscious. When officers arrived, they found the victim, Elijah Jackson, 39, of Sicklerville in Winslow Township, lying on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital and was later pronounced deceased at approximately 11:14 a.m. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Andy McNeil at (856) 225-8407 or Camden County Police Detective Sean Miller at (856) 757-7420. Information may also be emailed to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org. Released Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Read more →


Philadelphia magazine Announces Winner for  2018 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge

presented by Independence Blue Cross PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 2018)(CNBNewsnet) - After much anticipation, the results are in! Tuesday, November 27, Philadelphia magazine hosted the Be Well Philly Health Hero Reception at the Pyramid Club, where the 2018 Health Hero and Very Influential Philadelphians were revealed. This year’s Health Hero is Todd Irwin, who received a $10,000 donation to his chosen charity, Angel Flight East; the VIP is NBC10 Philadelphia’s Tracy Davidson, who received a $2,500 donation to her chosen charity, the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. The challenge, presented by Independence Blue Cross, was created seven years ago to celebrate and recognize local pioneers in the health and wellness industry for their contribution to the Philadelphia area. Todd Irwin is the president of the Board of Directors and a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight East (AFE). Angel Flight East is a nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for people who... Read more →


Obama Touts Paris Agreement, Proceeds to Take Credit for Booming U.S. Oil and Gas Production

Tom Elliott@tomselliott Obama: "Suddenly America is the largest oil producer, that was me people ... say thank you." This guy isn’t well. Via Free Beacon: Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday took credit for booming U.S. oil and gas production, telling investors to “say thank you” to him. Obama spoke in Houston at an event hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute, where he praised his administration’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement before taking credit for the United States being the biggest producer of oil and gas during his administration. “I was extraordinarily proud of the Paris accords because — you know, I know we’re in oil country and we need American energy, and by the way, American energy production,” Obama said. “You wouldn’t always know it, but it went up every year I was president. That whole, suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas —... Read more →


NJ NEWS COMMONS: THREE INFANTS DIE FROM BACTERIAL INFECTION IN NEWARK

The state Department of Health learned Monday that two premature babies died after becoming infected with Acinetobacteria at Newark's University Hospital. On Tuesday, health officials announced that three infants have died from the infection at the hospital; the third baby died last month. It's possible that other complications resulting from their premature births may have led to the infants' decline, the officials said. (Newark Patch) GREWAL ANNOUNCES SEX ASSAULT GUIDELINES FOR POLICE On Tuesday, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced formal guidelines to aide law enforcement in responding to survivors of sexual assault. There are 14 protocols in total. The announcement is in response to a current internal review of the Murphy administration's handling of an allegation made by former campaign staffer Katie Brennan, who accused another former staffer of assault when they were working to get Murphy elected. (Associated Press) NEWARK WRESTLES WITH CHARTER SCHOOL ISSUES The state's department... Read more →


Thanksgiving holiday marks historic numbers for TSA

WASHINGTON (November 27,2018)--– The Transportation Security Administration experienced the busiest Thanksgiving travel weeks in its 17-year history after a record breaking summer with more than 25.6 million passengers and crew members screened during the holiday travel period – a six percent increase over last year. On Sunday, November 25, more than 2.7 million travelers passed through TSA screening and making it the busiest travel day in TSA’s history. “It was all hands on deck during the Thanksgiving holiday week. Close coordination with airline and airport partners, new technology, enhanced screening and more travelers enrolled in TSA Pre✓®, TSA used every tool to secure air travel for the millions of passengers traveling to their holiday destinations,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “I thank our entire TSA team and industry partners for their work and attention to detail during a very hectic time, ensuring safe and secure travel for all passengers.” Even... Read more →


Saint Mary Interparochial School to Celebrate Golden Jubilee with Gala, Thursday, Nov. 29

A Celebration of Excellence in Catholic Education from Colonial to Contemporary Saint Mary Interparochial School, a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, in Old City Philadelphia will celebrate the culmination of its year-long Golden Jubilee celebration with a “Golden Jubilee Gala,” generously presented by The Daly Group at KW Philly. The theme of the gala is “A Celebration of Excellence in Catholic Education from Colonial to Contemporary.” It will be held at the Ballroom at the Ben. Proceeds from the gala will support enhancements to the school’s physical space and facilities. Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Ballroom at the Ben 834 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 The gala will honor Mrs. Jeanne Meredith, who retired as principal of Saint Mary at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year after over 15 years of service. She will receive the inaugural Golden Legacy Leader Award. She has... Read more →


Elder Fraud :Senior Citizens Victimized in Telemarketing Scheme

source Federal Bureau of Investigation It took more than 10 years for a Canadian man to face justice in the United States for a telemarketing scheme that bilked senior citizens out of millions of dollars, but the defendant is now in prison, thanks to the strong partnership between American and Canadian law enforcement. In September, a federal judge in California sentenced 57-year-old Mark Eldon Wilson, of Vancouver, British Columbia, to more than 11 years behind bars for orchestrating a telemarketing credit card scam that defrauded at least 60,000 victims, many of them elderly, out of more than $18 million. Victims were conned into paying for credit card fraud protection that was nonexistent. Wilson fought extradition in the courts for more than a decade before he was tried and convicted in U.S. federal court in March 2018. A jury found him guilty of mail fraud and wire fraud related to the... Read more →


CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: Enhanced Effort to Curb Illegal Fishing and Hunting

Maryland Wildlife Crimestoppers Can be Reached Anytime, Anywhere The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police is cracking down on the illegal killing of fish and wildlife through a partnership with Maryland Wildlife Crime-stoppers. This newly established nonprofit organization serves as the state affiliate of International Wildlife Crimestoppers, a group dedicated to stopping illegal hunting and fishing across the globe. Maryland Wildlife Crimestoppers was established to increase public awareness of the impact of potential poaching on fish and wildlife populations, and encourage anyone with knowledge of these activities to connect with Maryland Natural Resources Police. Neighboring states Delaware and Pennsylvania host similar partnerships with International Wildlife Crime-stoppers. “Fishing and hunting are long-cherished outdoor recreation activities in Maryland and they are essential to conserving and managing the state’s wildlife populations,” Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “When a handful of violators ignore the law, they harm both the enjoyment... Read more →


Performer Tekashi 6ix 9ine, 5 others charged with racketeering and firearms offenses in NY

NEW YORK — Six gang members and associates of the violent New York City gang, “Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods”, also known as “Nine Trey,” were charged Monday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). This investigation led to an indictment with multiple charges to include racketeering and firearms offenses. "Members of Nine Trey, notorious for wielding firearms and pushing highly addictive drugs onto New York City streets, allegedly showed an unprecedented level of violence this year and for that they are now facing multiple charges, including an incident in which an innocent bystander was shot," said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York. "This criminal enterprise has no business in our city, and... Read more →


Officer Down: Police Officer David Romrell, South Salt Lake Police Department, Utah

Police Officer David Romrell South Salt Lake Police Department, Utah End of Watch Saturday, November 24, 2018 South Salt Lake, UT--Police Officer David Romrell was intentionally struck by a vehicle fleeing from a burglary in progress at a business at 3575 South West Temple shortly before 10:00 pm. He and other responding officers arrived at the scene as the suspects attempted to leave in a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle accelerated toward the officers and struck Officer Romrell. Other officers fired a the driver, killing him. The passenger fled on foot but was apprehended by a canine unit a short time later. Officer Romrell was transported to Intermountain Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries while in emergency surgery. Officer Romrell was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the South Salt Lake Police Department for 11 months. He is survived by his wife and 4-month-old... Read more →