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February 2019

**Winter Weather Congestion Alert**

NJDOT advising motorists to allow extra travel time for Friday morning commute (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a Winter Weather Congestion Alert for Friday, March 1, based on the forecast for expected snow beginning tomorrow morning, which may result in difficult driving conditions during the morning commute. The Department is advising motorists to plan ahead and to allow extra travel time for the morning commute, particularly in South Jersey. Snow is expected to begin tomorrow morning in South Jersey and move north, which may cause difficult driving conditions. NJDOT will be deploying the necessary... Read more →

South Jersey Cultural Alliance Issues Call For Entries

For Creative Placemaking Competition (HAMMONTON, NJ) – The South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA) is calling for entries in the first ever ArtsTank Creative Placemaking grant competition. Creative placemaking uses arts, history, and culture to engage a community in addressing a local challenge; for example, adding vitality to vacant storefronts or increasing pride and belonging through community murals. Communities within the eight South Jersey counties are invited to apply for consideration in the ArtsTank Creative Placemaking grant competition - first with a letter of intent by March 8, 2019, followed by a completed application by April 1. Five finalists will be... Read more →

TO THE POINT:  Rutgers University–Camden announces Women’s History Month activities

CNBNEWSNET | February 28, 2019 CAMDEN CITY NJ – For Women’s History Month this March, Rutgers University–Camden will host a series of public events to recognize women’s contributions to American history and examine contemporary women’s issues. The celebration will culminate with a guest talk by Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement, on Monday, April 1. Admission to these events is free unless otherwise noted. The full schedule is as follows: Friday, March 1 Women’s History Month begins with “Remarkable 31,” an event recognizing members of the Rutgers–Camden campus community who advance gender equality through scholarship, campus action, community... Read more →

Mays Landing Man Charging with Human Trafficking

February 28, 2019 | CNBNewsnet MAYS LANDING- Following a two month long investigation between the Township of Hamilton Police Department and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, El Joshua, 36, has been charged in connection to human trafficking, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. El Joshua Joshua, of Pearce Road in Mays Landing, was arrested without incident on February 21, 2019, and charged with multiple counts of Human Trafficking, Criminal Restraint, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. “Human trafficking is a serious problem that plagues our community. Whether through prostitution or other forms of forced labor,... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Fire breaks out on nation's only heavy icebreaker north of Antarctica

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE ALAMEDA, Calif. — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire. Fire damage was contained inside the incinerator housing, while firefighting water used to cool exhaust pipe in the surrounding area damaged several electrical systems and insulation in the room. Repairs are already being planned for the Polar Star’s... Read more →


February 28, 2019 | CNBNewsnet CAMDEN CITY, NJ --Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a double homicide in the city last night. Camden County Police responded to a call on the 2800 block of Constitution Road at approximately 10:16 p.m. for reports of a vehicle idling on the street. When officers arrived, they located two men, Tyrone Coleman, 33, and Ryan Tisby, 29, both of Camden, inside of the car and unresponsive, each suffering from a gunshot wound. Both victims were transported to Cooper University Hospital where they were pronounced deceased at... Read more →


February 28, 2019 | CNBNewsnet PHILADELPHIA PA--Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Wednesday March 6, 2019. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is a 40-day penitential time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday in preparation for the Easter celebration. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:05 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 Catholics in 217... Read more →

Gloucester Township PD Alert: Winter Weather Advisory Issued


The Band Perry May 10 and Tim McGraw June 28 & June 29 at Hard Rock AC

2019 ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP 2/5 – 2/7 – Jeff Dye - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 2/8 & 2/9 – Frankie Valli - Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena 2/12 – 2/14 – Vinnie Brand - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 2/16 – Cage Fury Fight Championship - Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena 2/16 – Cheap Trick - Sound Waves 2/19 – 2/21 - Orny Adams - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 2/22 & 2/23 – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Sound Waves 2/26 – 2/28 – Janelle James - Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club 3/2 – WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania -... Read more →


CNBNewsnet | February 27, 2017 GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --The St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 3rd. will begin at 1:00 pm at Johnson Blvd. at Baynes Avenue. The parade will travel north on Johnson Blvd. to Monmouth Street where it will then proceed west on Monmouth Street to King Street. The parade will then travel south on King Street to Cumberland before turning west towards Freedom Pier. Parking will not be permitted along the parade route but will be permitted on all other local streets unless posted otherwise. The following is a list of parking areas available to the public... Read more →

Ocean County Man Sentenced To Prison For Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

CNBNewsnet | February 27, 2019 TRENTON, N.J.- – A Toms River man was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over a social media application, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. David Nelson, 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with distribution of child pornography. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: As a result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Louisville, Kentucky, field office, law enforcement officers arrested... Read more →

Appel Farm’s Journey Jamboree uses arts-based learning to explore social issues

Elmer, New Jersey–Appel Farm Arts and Music Campus welcomes girls grade 4-8 for a fun-filled weekend at Journey Jamboree March 15-17, 2019. Journey Jamboree is a 2-night camp experience designed to teach girls about science, the environment and social issues through workshops in the visual and performing arts. These workshops use the arts as a tool to learn, build relationships and engage with complex topics. Juniors and Cadette Girl Scouts are encouraged to join us with their whole troop! Girls have the opportunity to build relationships with other girls from around the tri-state region through collaborative, community building activities. Journey... Read more →

Gloucester Township Police Arrest Man for Allegedly Masturbating in Public

CNBNewsnet | February 27, 2019 GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ --February 26, 2019 at approximately 7:47 P.M., the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to 1001 S. Black Horse Pike in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township for a suspicious male, who had reportedly masturbated in front of a female and her minor son. Officers began to search the area for the male and quickly located him walking along the Blackhorse Pike at Lakeland Road. The male was identified as Michael A. Hebrans. As a result of the incident, Michael Hebrans was charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.... Read more →

Norcross Votes to Terminate President Trump’s Alleged Unlawful Emergency Declaration

February 26, 2019, 8:28 pm | CNBNewsnet WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) voted to terminate President Trump’s unlawful, dangerous emergency declaration that could allegedly steal billions from the Department of Defense’s military construction funds critical to the security of our nation. The House-passed resolution, H.J. Res. 46, which Norcross co-sponsored, stops the emergency declaration under the authority provided in the National Emergencies Act. “The President himself said he ‘didn’t need to do this’ emergency declaration – it was simply an unconstitutional power grab that makes America less safe,” said Congressman Norcross. “The President failed to convince... Read more →

Authorities Charge Two Suspects for Murder of Julio Sanchez

February 27, 2019 | CNBNewsnet CAMDEN CITY, NJ --Jose Vargas, 20, and Nelson Mescual, 26, both from Camden, were charged in connection with a shooting that killed Julio Sanchez-Moncada. Camden County Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation near the 3100 block of Westfield Avenue in Camden on February 15, 2019, at approximately 10:42 a.m. When officers arrived they located the victim, Julio Sanchez-Moncada, 32, of Camden, on the 3100 block of Merriel Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. On February 26, 2019, Jose Vargas and Nelson Mescual were charged with first degree Murder,... Read more →


CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 26, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--On Sunday, March 3rd. the 4th. annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin on Johnson Blvd. at Monmouth Street at 1:00 pm. The parade will proceed west on Monmouth Street to King Street, then south on King Street to Cumberland Street. In order to accommodate the parade, the following road closures/ no parking will be in place from 11:00 am until the Highway Dept. finished sweeping the parade route following the parade. When viewing the attached maps, all streets highlighted in yellow are closed to traffic and parking. Streets highlighted... Read more →

Consumers Warned to be Cautious of Fake IRS Calls/Scams as Tax Season Gets Underway

CNBNews graphics file February 22, 2019 | Press Release In 2018, Bureau of Consumer Protection Received 536 IRS Scam Complaints HARRISBURG — As tax season gets underway, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from criminals impersonating IRS agents – and telling recipients they need to send money right away or risk arrest by the IRS. “Scam artists are using new technology and high-pressure tactics to get people to give out personal information. One popular tactic, especially during tax season, is scam artists impersonating the IRS and trying to scare you into paying them thousands... Read more →

Anna M. Gallagher, of Woodbury, formerly of Bellmawr

Anna M. Gallagher (nee Winstanley), on February 25, 2019, of Woodbury. Age 96. Predeceased by her beloved husband John R. (“Jack”) Gallagher, her loving companion Edward F. Sekula, her precious granddaughter Erin C. Gallagher, and her son-in-law, William P. Hubert. Anna was born in Camden, the 10th of the eleven children of John and Sarah Winstanley. She raised her family in Bellmawr, NJ, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Annunciation BVM Church. She retired from Verizon. We could write a book about the life of Anna Mae, but let us just state that she... Read more →

Red Cross, HBO Urge Game of Thrones Fans to Bleed for the Throne

To celebrate the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the American Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone. With thousands of blood donations uncollected over the past couple of months due to snow storms and extreme cold, the Red Cross and HBO urge individuals to roll up a sleeve and give blood as soon as possible. Eligible individuals can schedule an appointment at to ensure critical medical treatments or emergency care are not delayed or cancelled. The partnership includes blood drives held in 43 states from March 7-12, as... Read more →

West Deptford Man Charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (February 26, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--Daniel G. Watkins, 37, of West Deptford, NJ, was arrested and charged Wednesday, February 20, 2019, with one count of Distribution of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore announced. On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, detectives from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office High-Tech Crimes Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concerning content that Watkins uploaded to his Google Photos account. Watkins was arrested at a residence in West Deptford for an outstanding child support warrant. At the time of... Read more →

Obituary: Marci K. Boggs, of Gloucester City, 49

Marci K. Boggs Marci K. Boggs (nee Annan), on February 26, 2019, of Gloucester City, formerly of Merchantville. Age 49. Beloved wife of Daniel. Devoted mother of Jennifer and Tristen. Loving daughter of Linda Campbell and Edgar Annan. Dear sister of Donnalyn. Marci was a hairdresser at Amoriello Hair Design in Medford. There will be a visitation from 7 to 8pm Thursday eve at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Memorial Service 8pm at the funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marci’s memory to Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Steve Hinkle of Sullivan County, Tennessee

Sergeant Steve Hinkle Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2019 SULLIVAN COUNTY, TENNESSEE--(February 26, 2019)-(CNBNewsnet)-Sergeant Steve Hinkle succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier at 3606 Highway 11W. Deputies had responded to the residence to conduct a welfare check on an occupant. As they approached the home the occupant opened fire on them, causing them to seek cover. As the deputies attempted to establish communication with the man he opened fire a second time, striking Sergeant Hinkle during the exchange of gunfire. The subject was found deceased inside the home several hours later. Sergeant... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard cutter seizes $44 million in cocaine, now home in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned home to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Monday after a 59-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. While deployed, the Dependable crew aided Joint Interagency Task Force South in conducting counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations. During their patrol, the Dependable’s boarding team intercepted a go-fast vessel off the coast of Mexico that was specially fitted to smuggle contraband. Once on scene, the boarding team confirmed that the vessel was carrying illicit narcotics along with three suspected drug smugglers. The interdiction resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,235 pounds of... Read more →

Mount Laurel Woman Recognized for 3,000 Volunteer Hours at Samaritan Healthcare/Hospice

Marlton, NJ – Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice recognized long-time volunteer Fran Shinn of Mount Laurel, NJ for 3,000 hours of volunteer time at its Winterfest celebration – an annual event that acknowledges employees and volunteers for their service milestones and dedication to the not-for-profit organization. Fran, 83, started volunteering for Samaritan in 2005 as an administrative volunteer in the development department and lending a hand at Samaritan’s annual golf tournament. Now, she assists the volunteer department by spending a few hours each week inputting volunteer patient-visit hours into Samaritan’s database. Over the years, she has entered more than 130,000 entries!... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA — February 25, 2019 — Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District) issued the following statement in response to reports of at least eight attempted sexual assaults in South Philadelphia over the last two months: “Women in South Philadelphia should not have to be stressed over their safety when leaving or returning to their homes alone, and locking their doors in fear at night, because a serial predator has not been caught. “I urge everyone to be cautious and look out for your community while we find this man. Please call 911 immediately if you recognize this individual, believe you’ve come... Read more →

Measles Outbreak What You Should Know

Measles, a disease that was considered eliminated in this country in 2000, is making an unwanted return that is all over the news. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 101 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 10 states so far this year. Measles has been reported in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The American Red Cross has been involved in a worldwide battle against measles for years. Since 2001, the Red Cross and our partners in the Measles & Rubella Initiative have vaccinated more than... Read more →

Early Morning Appliance Fire Displaces Family

Today, February 26, at approximately 0026 hours, Gloucester Twp. Police Communications received a 911 call from a resident on Sherri Lane, advising his house was on fire and filling with smoke. Gloucester Twp. Police Units arrived shortly after the call with firefighters to find a moderate amount of smoke coming from the structure. The dwelling was occupied at the time the fire was discovered and all of the occupants evacuated safely prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. Firefighters from Erial, Pine Hill, Lambs Terrace, Blackwood and Chews Landing Fire Departments responded and quickly extinguished the minor fire which was... Read more →

Philadelphia Announces Inaugural Neighborhood Slow Zone Program Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Today, Mayor Kenney announced Fairhill and Willard Elementary School as the two communities to have their traffic calming proposals funded under the Vision Zero Neighborhood Slow Zone Program. The Neighborhood Slow Zone Program is a new program that supports the City’s Vision Zero goal introduced by the Mayor in October 2016 to eliminate traffic fatalities. Responding to Philadelphia residents’ common concerns about speeding on their neighborhood streets, the program expands residents’ traffic calming options from single-block solutions to entire zones of residential streets. The Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) who administers the program in partnership with... Read more →

Postcard from 1966 finally delivered to intended recipient in Kansas

February 22, 2019 — (KSNW) A postcard that’s been lost in the mail for over half a century will finally return to its rightful owner, thanks to a local mail carrier. Last month Marilyn Foster came across a postcard with a five cent stamp dated April 1966. The 53-year-old message was addressed to three sisters, Josie, Ruth and Connie Laird. Foster said she recognized the names of the sisters because they went to school with her. She also recognized the name of the person who sent the letter, Uncle Rich. “As soon as I got home, I got on Facebook... Read more →

13 Top Spots for Water Ice in Philly

Not Italian Ice. Not Shaved Ice. Definitely Not A Snow Cone. The moment the winter breaks and the mercury begins to rise, Philadelphians of all persuasions look in one direction for chilly relief: a cup of water ice, one of the region’s most cherished warm-weather traditions. This beyond-cool confection, traditionally a combination of ice, fruit and sweeteners blended to a smooth consistency, is scooped in all manner of settings. The Philadelphia tradition lives on via vibrant community of entrepreneurial street vendors, mom-and-pop shops and family-owned purveyors, each with their own unique techniques and recipes. Water ice has grown nationally via... Read more →

Pennsylvania Promises Swift Legal Action against Trump Administration’s Title X Gag Rule

Press Release HHS Jeopardizes Pennsylvanians’ Healthcare by Moving Forward with Plan to Undermine the Nation’s Only Program Dedicated to Family Planning HARRISBURG, PA — Today, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unequivocally denounced the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to move forward with its proposed Title X “gag rule” regulation, Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements. This regulation jeopardizes the healthcare of Pennsylvanians by denying access to comprehensive family planning services and unduly burdens Pennsylvania’s healthcare providers. “Pennsylvanians deserve and depend on comprehensive healthcare services and basic information from doctors they trust,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “This... Read more →

Philadelphia Gang Member Convicted by Jury of Murder and Additional Drugs and Firearms Crimes

CNBNews graphics file PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Bryant Calloway a/k/a “Bigs,” 32, of Philadelphia, was convicted today by a jury of one count of murder. He was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base; one count of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; one count of maintaining a house for drug distribution (and doing so within 1,000 feet of a playground); and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant and his co-conspirators were... Read more →

Three Sentenced in Public Corruption Case

State Legislator, Coal Executive, and Lawyer Schemed to Stop Environmental Enforcement Actions in Alabama An Alabama legislator who was bribed by a corporation to represent the company’s interests—instead of his constituents’—is now serving prison time, and the two men who paid him will be serving time as well. Former state representative Oliver Robinson, Jr., 58, agreed to a community outreach contract with a law firm that represented Drummond Company, Inc., a Birmingham, Alabama-based coal company. The contract paid Robinson $375,00 over two years. While the contract itself was not illegal, Drummond executive David Roberson and lawyer Joel Gilbert used it... Read more →

Dear supporters, friends, and those interested in the Republican Party of Pennsylvania

As we are in the heart of local Republican committees holding annual Lincoln Day Dinners, I was excited to once again be traveling around our great Commonwealth, visiting with local committees, and spreading the Republican message. Our message is truly one of liberty, holding true to our founding documents, and creating a better America for all people. While celebrating Presidents Day and Lincoln Day dinners, it is important to remember what our country and our Party were founded on: respect for freedom, liberty, and the belief that all were created equal, with an equal share of the American dream open... Read more →

Angela Barnshaw of Cherry Hill Named as Chair of 2019 Garbage Bag Gala Committee

The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden Announces Annual Fashion Show to be held May 16th at the Marian House, Cherry Hill Angela Barnshaw (Camden, NJ – February 25, 2019) – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden recently named Angela Barnshaw of Cherry Hill as the committee chair for its 4th Annual Garbage Bag Gala Fashion Show, which will be held on May 16 at the Marian House in Cherry Hill. The Garbage Bag Gala is an annual fashion extravaganza hosted by The Salvation Army where professional and novice designers take recycled and unconventional... Read more →

“Right to Counsel for Low-Income Tenants”

PRESENTED BY THE Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2019 Chancellor’s Forum Recent Report Recommends $3.5 Million Annual Investment to Provide Legal Counsel for Low-Income Tenants at Risk of Eviction PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Bar Association, the oldest association of lawyers in the United States, announced today that this year’s first annual 2019 Chancellor’s Forum will bring together Philadelphia city leaders for a discussion centered around, “Right to Counsel for Low-Income Tenants.” After commissioning an in-depth report, Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants, finding that the City of Philadelphia would save $45.2 million annually... Read more →

Obituary: Abraxas Joy of Lindenwold, age 32

Lindenwold – passed away at home on February 21, 2019, at the age of 32. Cherished daughter of Steven T. “Clem” Clementi and Elizabeth “Lisa” Crist. Beloved granddaughter of Dorothy Crist and also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Catholic funeral service 1 PM in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Bancroft, 1255 Caldwell Road, Cherry... Read more →

Local CENTURY 21 Sales Affiliates Receive 2018 Quality Service Pinnacle Award

Sewell, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) February 25, 2019 -- Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized the following sales affiliates with the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award. These affiliates provide their clients with knowledge and advice related to their real estate transaction and offers them confidence during what may be the most significant purchase of a lifetime. "The Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award is an integral part of our brand’s commitment to excellence and recognizes their dedication to making each and every client interaction a positive one," said Michael Miedler, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate... Read more →


Camden County Warriors Public Safety Ice Hockey Team Wins Nashville Hero's Cup

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (February 25, 2019)--THE Gloucester Township Police Department would like to congratulate the Camden County Warriors Public Safety Ice Hockey Team who won the Nashville Hero's Cup this weekend! They would especially like to give "A Big Shoutout" to Sergeant Paul Fisher and Sergeant Bryan Bonawitz from Gloucester Township Police Department and Gloucester Township Fire Department Captain Frank Reiss from the Fire Department. Address/Location Gloucester Township Police Department 1261 Chews Landing Rd Gloucester Township, NJ 08021 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 856-228-4500 Read more →

Two Individuals Charged with Attempted Robbery of Smithgall’s Pharmacy in Lancaster, PA

Eastern District of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Brandon Galette, 24, of Harrisburg, PA, and Andrew Garrett, 24, of Steelton, PA, were CNBNews graphics file charged today by Indictment with one count of attempted robbery which interferes with interstate commerce and one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Galette is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Indictment charges Galette and Garrett for their alleged participation in the October 23, 2018 attempted robbery of Smithgall’s Pharmacy... Read more →

Rise in Hepatitis A Cases in South Jersey Homeless Population

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – The Camden County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) has been notified by the state’s Department of Health Communicable Disease Service that New Jersey has joined multiple states that have been experiencing an increased number of hepatitis A cases in their homeless population, primary among those who use drugs. Locally, the rise in cases is being reported primarily in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties. “Camden County joins in a state and regional effort to increase awareness of this infection, provide education on prevention and treatment, and encourage individuals to adopt safe practices,” said Freeholder Carmen... Read more →

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 147 Months in Prison for Three Robberies

Possessing Firearm in Furtherance of Crime of Violence CAMDEN CITY, N.J. (February 2019)--– A Pennsylvania man was sentenced today to 147 months in prison for committing three armed robberies in Salem, Ocean, and Cumberland counties in November 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Terrance Robinson, 32, of Havertown, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle to an information charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery, two counts of bank robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Judge Simandle imposed the sentence today in Camden federal... Read more →

PATCO Celebrates 50 Years of Service

CAMDEN CITY, NJ --(CNBNewsnet)--PATCO celebrated its 50th anniversary on February 15th with a public event at Woodcrest Station. The festivities marked PATCO's first trip from Lindenwold, New Jersey to Center City Philadelphia on February 15, 1969. Local officials, as well as General Manger John Rink, remarked on the extraordinary transformation the train line has made over the past 50 years. Attendees were greeted with commemorative timetables from 1969, a live DJ, cookies, and even a PATCO birthday cake. PATCO will continue to celebrate its milestone with smaller monthly events at different stations throughout the year. Read more →

Philadelphia Businessman Sentenced to Probation for Failure to Pay Employment Taxes

Eastern District of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Jong Young Choi, 46, of Chalfont, PA, was sentenced today to 5 years of probation and $81, 217.00 to be paid in restitution for willful failure to pay employment taxes. Choi, as the president and sole shareholder of JUNS, Inc., doing business as Daisy Dry Cleaners, located in Philadelphia, was responsible for collecting, accounting for, and paying employment taxes due to the Internal Revenue Service from January 1, 2012 through January 31, 2016. He failed to collect and pay approximately $67,931 in employment taxes... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward arrives in San Francisco Bay ahead of commissioning

SAN FRANCISCO (February 23, 2019)--— The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward, the second California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, arrived in the San Francisco Bay, Friday. The Robert Ward is the second of four FRCs to be homeported at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach. While these ships will be based in Southern California, they will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America. "We are thrilled to welcome the Robert Ward and her crew to the Bay Area," said Capt. Tony Ceraolo, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander... Read more →

FBI: Sentence Scammers Stopped

Fraudsters Told Prisoners’ Families They Could Buy Sentence Reductions The sales pitch was enticing: Families with loved ones in prison could hire investigators to provide information to the government that would result in a reduction in their family members’ sentences. It sounded too good to be true—because it was. A group of fraudsters who made this pitch to more than 20 inmates’ families were paid more than $4 million, but neither the prisoners nor their relatives ever received any benefit. It is possible under certain circumstances for incarcerated individuals to get a sentence reduction for providing information to the government,... Read more →

John Wills of Wrightstown Sentenced to 20 Years for Sexual Assault of a Juvenile

WRIGHTSTOWN NJ (February 22, 2019)--Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 22-year-old Wrightstown man was sentenced today to 20 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a young girl in 2017. Under the sentence handed down in Superior Court by the Hon. Philip E. Haines, J.S.C., John Wills, 22, of the 100 block of Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown must serve the entire term before becoming eligible for parole. Wills pled guilty in November to Aggravated Sexual Assault (First Degree). The assault occurred at the home of a mutual acquaintance in North Hanover. After assaulting the victim, who was under... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 5 No. 36 (February 24, 2019) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe, age 18. Dave has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist at the age of 8. He’s been distributing his comics in school since 3rd grade. (click image to enlarge) Read more →