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April 12, 2019

GoFundMe Defendant John Bobbitt Jr. Sentenced

to Court-Supervised Drug Treatment Program Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that one of three defendants charged in the GoFundMe campaign that misled donors with a fictitious story received a sentence today that will allow him to avoid incarceration if he successfully completes a New Jersey Superior Court-sponsored drug treatment program. Under the terms of the sentence, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 36, of Philadelphia, was placed on special probation for up to five years while he fulfills the requirements of the drug court program. Participants in... Read more →


Atco Man Charged with Child Porn Possession

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Medford Township Police Chief Richard J. Meder announced that a 23-year-old Atco resident has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and weapons offenses. Alex T. DeFrancisco, 23, of the 200 block of White Horse Pike, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Third Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Fourth Degree) and Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons (Fourth Degree). A search warrant was executed on March 29 at his residence... Read more →


March Madness Pushes NJ Sports Books over $2B Milestone

Legal sportsbooks, online casinos and poker combine to surpass $70 million in revenue for the month, according to PlayNJ.com (ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — New Jersey’s online and retail sportsbooks scored a record win and near-record monthly handle in March as the industry crossed the $2 billion mark in bets since legalization. The spike in handle and win was fueled overwhelmingly by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, according to PlayNJ.com analysts. “The first week of March Madness generated more action than the Super Bowl, and even... Read more →


WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy

Julian Assange removed from Ecuadorian embassy in London (photo courtesy of The Guardian) ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer. According to court documents unsealed today, the charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the... Read more →


NJ PRESCHOOLERS HAVE HIGHEST AUTISM RATES IN NATION

A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday looked into Autism Spectrum Disorder among 4-year-olds. Only 1.7% of the preschoolers (1 in 59) had autism — which is the same prevalence reported by the CDC's April 2018 study of 8-year-olds. What's interesting is the difference between the state with the lowest rate (Missouri, with 8 autistic preschoolers per 1,000) and the most (New Jersey, with 28 autistic preschoolers per 1,000) appears to be widening, because the diagnosis rate in New Jersey... Read more →


James Beard Foundation & Visit Philadelphia Partner

for 2019 James Beard Media Awards Event features Philadelphia chefs Ange Branca, Diana and Maylia Widjojo, Andrew Farley, Robert Toland, Tova du Plessis, Kate Jacoby. The James Beard Foundation has announced a partnership with VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the region’s official tourism marketing agency, to present the 2019 James Beard Media Awards, with support from William Grant & Sons. The exclusive event honors the nation’s top food authors, broadcast producers and hosts, and journalists, and will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York... Read more →


2 Lewisburg Prisoners Guilty of Weapon Possession

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two United States Penitentiary, (“USP”) Lewisburg inmates were indicted separately by a federal grand jury on March 28, 2019, for possession of a weapon while in prison. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Jermaine Ray, age 36, was found in possession of a homemade sharpened piece of plastic with a metal tip, commonly referred to as a “shank” that was designed to be a weapon on August 22,... Read more →


Philadelphia High Science Club Visits Labs at Ohio

The Times Reporter wrote about the New Philadelphia High Science Club’s visit to Ohio University in a story headlined “Phila High Science Club’s Applied Science feature has been going strong for 20 years.” Jody Brady and Houmard said the focus of the science club is to get kids interested in the subject. While big trips were part of the science club’s past (Costa Rica, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and white water rafting, to name a few), it has become more common now to make visits closer... Read more →


Maryland Trout Fishermen Having Fun

Maryland Fishing Report – April 10 by Keith Lockwood, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Five year old Emmett Jackson got to go trout fishing on the Patapsco River with his older brother Hunter and dad recently. Emmitt proudly holds up some of the trout he caught. Photo by John Jackson The generous stocking of trout by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources hatchery program has brought countless smiles to the faces of trout fishermen, young and old. These fish are being stocked in waters near... Read more →


British American Business Council of Greater Philly Seeks Coordinator

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) is an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. BABCPHL promotes trade and investment between the Greater Philadelphia region and the United Kingdom. Members participate to gain access to a broader transatlantic business network and to a wide range of marketing, networking, business intelligence, benefits and other opportunities. BABCPHL collaborates with regional and United Kingdom government entities to promote a positive trade/investment policy environment, to assist members... Read more →


Allenwood PA Inmate Charged with CDS

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Samuel Serrano, age 24, a prisoner at the United States Penitentiary, (“USP”) Allenwood, was indicted on March 28, 2019, by a federal grand jury for possession of a controlled substance. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Serrano was found in possession of ADB-FUBINACA, a synthetic form of marihuana, during a search conducted on April 12, 2017. The charges stem from an investigation by officers at USP Allenwood and... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students

Olivia Console Earns Full Albright College Davis Scholarship READING, PA (04/09/2019)-- Olivia Console of Collingswood, N.J. has earned one of four Davis Scholarships, covering the full cost of tuition, room and board at Albright College, in Reading, Pa. A senior at Collingswood Senior High School, Console is interested in studying French and International Relations in college. Prestigious Davis Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, room and board at Albright College. They are awarded to high need students displaying strong academic performance who wish to... Read more →


NJ Invests $6M in Health Info Technology

Will Address the Opioid Epidemic The New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department of Human Services today announced $6 million in funding to support behavioral health providers implementation of electronic health records in their facilities and connection to other health care providers through the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN). “The key winners here are patients with addiction. Equipping substance use clinics with modern electronic records, and connecting those records together into a single network with hospitals and other clinic types, allows clinicians... Read more →


Radiation Oncology Nurse Kathy Solari Receives National Award at ONS 44th Annual Congress

Kathy Solari, RN, BSN, OCN, Radiation Oncology Nurse Manager at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, received a national honor on Thursday, April 11th, at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 44th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA. Before thousands of her nursing peers, Kathy, a 27-year associate of Jefferson Health – New Jersey, received ONS’ Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award for 2019. The award is granted to an ONS member who has been nominated by a fellow member and who meets specific professional... Read more →


March Stats Show Border Apprehensions Up

CBP Releases March Statistics for Southwest Border Migration Release Date: April 9, 2019 Record levels of apprehensions continue WASHINGTON —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released today March Southwest border Migration statistics. Encounters of family units and unaccompanied children along the Southwest border rose again this month to numbers not seen since 2014. “We are currently experiencing a system-wide emergency in our processing and holding facilities. The humanitarian crisis created by a massive influx of family groups and unaccompanied children in recent months has forced... Read more →


Red Flags to Consider When Purchasing Used Cars

Used cars are practical to buy, considering that you are getting similar models for a low cost. The vehicle already depreciated, and it significantly lowers the amount you need to pay. However, not all companies selling used cars are worth your trust. Red flags will tell you that you need to look for other options. Warning lights do not function well When the warning lights have problems, it might show deep mechanical issues in the vehicle that you need to investigate. It could also be... Read more →


The Largest Medicare Fraud Scheme Busted

FBI and Department of Justice officials today announced the disruption of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in U.S. history. An international fraud ring allegedly bilked Medicare out of more than $1 billion by billing it for unnecessary medical equipment—mainly back, shoulder, wrist, and knee braces. The FBI and partner investigative agencies announced charges against 24 people—three were prescribing medical professionals, and the rest were owners or high-ranking officials in medical equipment or telemedicine companies. The indictment alleges the scheme has gone on for... Read more →


Jefferson Family Health Services Receives 2 Grants to Support ‘Reach Out and Read’ Program

Studies show reading to children is one way to address the gap in early literacy education that prevails among low-income populations. Since 2014, Jefferson Family Health Services’ (FHS) “Reach Out and Read” program has helped more than 7,000 families by giving children a book at routine health checkups to take home and keep. On Monday, April 8, the Jefferson FHS program was proudly supported with separate grants — totaling $4,500, from the Investors Foundationand Roma Bank Community Foundation — allowing it to continue to help... Read more →


Study Suggest Teeth Whitening Products Harmful

Teeth Whitening Products Can Harm Protein-Rich Tooth Layer Researchers show active ingredient in whitening strips damages dentin Newswise — Orlando, Fla. (April 9, 2019) – Americans spend more than a billion dollars on teeth whitening products each year. Although these products can make smiles brighter, new research shows that they might also be causing tooth damage. In three new studies, researchers found that hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips, can damage the protein-rich dentin tissue found beneath the tooth’s protective enamel. Undergraduates... Read more →


Moorestown Man Arrested on Porn Charges

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Moorestown Township Police Chief Lee R. Lieber announced that a 36-year-old Moorestown man has been arrested and charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. Jonathan K. Ninsin, of the 100 block of Kings Highway, was charged with two counts of Endangering (photo) the Welfare of a Child (Second Degree, Third Degree). The investigation began after the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit received information regarding Ninsin’s online activity from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation revealed that... Read more →


Westville Woman Wins $500,000

And The Flashing Sign Said…Early Morning Purchase Paid Off TRENTON (April 10, 2019) – Robin Hodges of Westville in Gloucester County is a regular lottery player who plays all types of draw games and scratch-off games. She especially enjoys playing the New Jersey Lottery’s Crossword scratch-off games. Robin said she always purchases her lottery tickets early in the morning from a deli where she stops on her way to work. One day, when she was in the store, she notice that one-half of the pack... Read more →