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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... 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Sky Bly FC who was initially a partner in the massive sports complex proposal, Trophy Park, has now withdrawn from the project.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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... Read more →