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June 2019

NJBIA Statement on FY2020 State Budget and NJ's Tax Incentive Programs

NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. issued the following today statement regarding the final FY2020 state budget and the expiration of New Jersey's Gloucester City News blog files tax incentive programs. "While we are pleased that the final FY2020 budget does not include any broad-based tax increases, it is important to recognize that this budget is more than 11 percent higher than FY2018. "Our policymakers should understand that New Jersey simply cannot sustain such large increases in expenditures every year when our pension liability and post-employment benefit obligation has grown to more than $151 billion. "After another contentious budget season, New Jersey maintains the top Corporate Business Tax rate, income tax rate, sales tax rate and property tax rate in our region. Governor Murphy has promised to continue the call for more taxes, including a broadening of the state's top income tax rate of 10.75%. Our concern is... Read more →

Murphy Takes Action on Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget

Budget Makes Critical Investments in the Middle Class, NJ TRANSIT, Property Tax Relief, and Education Governor Also Takes Action to Ensure Fiscal Responsibility Gloucester City News blog files TRENTON ( 30, 2019)--– Governor Phil Murphy today signed the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act into law, growing core investments in education, NJ TRANSIT, and many other middle-class priorities, while taking decisive action to promote the fiscal responsibility that was lacking in the Legislature’s spending plan and set up New Jersey to better weather a possible future economic downturn. “The budget enacted today is a victory for working families in New Jersey in many different ways—it supports middle-class priorities, invests in education, makes a record investment in NJ TRANSIT, provides property tax relief, and so much more,” said Governor Murphy. “However, we must be honest about its shortfalls: this is a budget that does not include tax fairness, does not ask opioid... Read more →

Our Lady of Lourdes Agrees to Pay Over $1.1M to Resolve Claims It Failed to Perform Background Checks

Fraudulently Billed U.S. for Community Service Grants Eastern District of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA and CAMDEN ( 29, 2019)--– United States Attorneys William M. McSwain for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey jointly announced that Our Lady of Lourdes Health Foundation and two related Our Lady of Lourdes companies have agreed to pay $1,143,881.19 to resolve claims arising from Lourdes’ administration of community service grants funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). From 2012 until 2017, Lourdes administered multiple grants in CNCS’s Senior Corps program, including in the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), which places seniors in school and community settings to serve alongside youth with exceptional needs, and the Senior Companion Program (SCP), which places seniors in community and residential settings to assist other seniors who have difficulty with tasks of daily living. These programs provide small hourly stipends to the... Read more →

Two Soldiers Die in Afghanistan from Small Arms Fire

Department of Defense Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Both soldiers died June 25, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation. The deceased are: Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany. Riley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, of Trumansburg, New York. Johnston was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group, Fort Hood, Texas. RELATED: AMERICAN HERO FACE OF DEFENSE Read more →

A young woman others see as ‘a holy person’

By Carl Peters Christina McNasby has endured numerous surgeries — 33 of them so far. Disproving the bleak medical prognosis she was given at birth, she learned how to talk after years of speech therapy, and recently graduated from high school. But now the disorder is attacking her kidneys and liver. Many people are praying for her because only a miracle will save her from an early death — and perhaps because she seems to embody for them the aspiration of all Christians: the triumph of religious joy over earthly hardships. “She is one of the most religious individuals you could ever encounter,” said her pastor, Father Raymond P. Gormley of Incarnation Parish, Mantua. When Christina had to have her head shaved for a recent surgery, about a dozen neighbors showed their support by going bald themselves. When she went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, last month, she took... Read more →

BRIDGE REPAIRS between Cape May and Wildwood Crest (Ocean Drive) Week of 7/1/19

TRAFFIC ADVISORY - During the upcoming week, ending on 7/6/19, South State will be closing the Northbound Lane over Mill Creek for installation of guide rail & crash cushions, and placing alternating traffic in the Southbound Lane. Work hours will be approximately 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, July 1st & Tuesday, July 2nd. Traffic will be returned to normal condition by the end of the work day on Tuesday 7/2/19, with no impacts to traffic on Wednesday 7/3/19. Expect delays during this project and seek an alternate route to save time. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this time. Address/Location Lower Township Police Department 405 Breakwater Rd Cape May, NJ 08204 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 609-886-1619 Read more →

USDA Selects Warner Real Estate to Sell 26 Homes Through Online Auction

Woodstown,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) June 27, 2019-- Warner Real Estate & Auction Company, a leading real estate firm in New Jersey, has been selected once again by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to sell (26) foreclosed single-family homes throughout New Jersey. Warner Real Estate & Auction Company will be selling all 26 foreclosed homes through an online auction, without reserve with starting bids of $1,000.00, beginning at 8:00am (EDT) on 07/25/2019 and ending at 12:40pm (EDT) on 07/31/2019. Photos, property details and terms of sale can be found on the auction website • 1015 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway (Atlantic County) • 402 W. Arbor Avenue, Landisville (Buena Boro – Atlantic County) • 672 Lakefront Circle, Galloway (Atlantic County) • 719 S. Harding Highway, Buena (Atlantic County) • 210 Tulip Street, Browns Mills (Pemberton Township – Burlington County) • 135 Skeet Road, Medford Township (Burlington County) • 25... Read more →

Another NJ2AS Legal Victory! Victorious in Final Phase of OPRA Lawsuit!

Posted by Alexander Roubian 801sc on June 28, 2019 · Today, NJ2AS received Judge Hurd's order denying NJ's motion for summary judgement, granting NJ2AS' motion for summary judgement, and subsequently ordering the State of NJ to provide NJ2AS with unredacted copies of Attachments A, B and C to the 2005 New Jersey State Police Firearms Applicant Investigation Guide within 30 days. It has been 8 years since we first filed our lawsuit to gain access to the guide. Here are some of the highlights: NJ2AS compelled NJ to admit that the guide is the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all municipality police departments regarding the processing of firearms permit applications and the issuance of permits. This proved invaluable during Operation Establish Compliance, where NJ2AS was successful in getting nearly 30 separate townships to drop their illegal additional requirements and, in the process, our undercover videos and recordings caught the attention... Read more →

How to use your Washing Machine

( 30, 2019)--If you are planning to invest in a new washing machine, you should know more than just the cleaning part. First, you have to decide on the type of washing machine you prefer. It could be an old-style top loader, a top loader that lacks an agitator, and so on. When it comes to budgeting, a standard machine would cost around $400 to above $1,700. Ensure the machine you choose has cleaning features that will benefit you. Here's what to consider when it comes to your preferable appliance. Laundry room size Most standard washers usually range from 24 to 30 inches wide. Apart from bulkiness, some machines might require a tape measure to ascertain their width. Also, know the size of your space for the machine to fit well since some are bulky with fronts adding to the width. The washer has to fit through the entries or... Read more →

Delaware Fish & Wildlife Police Blotter June 17-23

Reminder for the week: Observe safety precautions when towing water skiers, tubers, and knee-boarders DOVER Delaware ( 28, 2019) – To achieve public compliance with laws and regulations through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 17-23 made 2,210 contacts with anglers, boaters, and the general public, issuing 38 citations. Officers responded to 69 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. A Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included: Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: Possession of undersized blue crabs (4), crab pot tampering (1), tending over-the-limit crab pots (2), possession of a... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Living in La-La Land: Joe Biden’s Alternative Reality

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019 SOURCE NRA-ILA Anti-gun folks typically characterize their gun control restrictions as “common sense” and “responsible,” regardless of how poorly grounded in reality these “solutions” tend to be, or how little their proponents understand what these measures will do (like the gun control supporters at one event who, when asked, were unable to explain what an AR-15 or a bumpstock is). A related, recurring theme is their claim that the gun community opposes these incredible “gun safety” measures due to blind, reflexive obstructionism, rather than because of any actual concerns about the merits. Last week, former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden provided a stunning example of this kind of irresponsible rhetoric. According to a newspaper source, Biden outlined his proposals for gun control – should he be elected as president of the United States – to a select group of donors at a posh... Read more →

Voorhees PD: We urge parents/guardians to discuss bike laws with their kids

We have provided warnings through school assemblies and letters. VOORHEES, NJ ( Voorhees Police Department released the following statement regarding bike laws. We have been urging parents/guardians to discuss bike laws with their kids. We have provided warnings through school assemblies and letters. Unfortunately, to keep our children and the motoring public safe, we may need to move to enforcement options due to the illegal and unsafe behavior continuing throughout our Township. Here is a detailed list of the efforts of our Department thus far: A letter was sent emphasizing bike safety through our partners at Voorhees Public Schools. Information received from our Patrol Bureau identified the actors as primarily being middle school aged offenders. This letter was distributed by the Voorhees School District to parents advising them of our goal to keep kids actively riding their bikes, but to have them do so in a safe manner. The letter... Read more →

Olde Philly Pharmacy and its Owner to Pay $350,000 to Resolve Alleged Violations of Controlled Substance Act

PHILADELPHIA, PA – ( States Attorney William McSwain announced that Olde Philly Pharmacy has agreed to pay $350,000 to resolve allegations that three of its pharmacy stores located in Philadelphia violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Gloucester City News blog files by failing to maintain complete and accurate records of controlled substances, including nearly 100 missing oxycodone and hydrocodone prescriptions. James Cirillo, managing pharmacist and co-owner of Olde Philly Pharmacy, is also a party to the settlement agreement. The United States’ investigation involved three Olde Philly Pharmacy locations – 2923 East Thompson Street, 1427 East Susquehanna Avenue, and 2036-38 South 3rd Street. As part of the settlement, Olde Philly Pharmacy has entered into a three-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Drug Enforcement Administration, which includes additional responsibilities regarding the handling of controlled substances. The MOA imposes compliance obligations significantly more stringent than those in the applicable laws and regulations.... Read more →

Investment Broker Pleads Guilty to Stealing $270,000 from Elderly Couple

TRENTON – ( General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that an investment broker pleaded guilty today to stealing $270,000 from an elderly couple by deceiving them into investing in a fictitious investment program. Michael Alan Siegel, 62, of Livingston, N.J., pleaded guilty today to an accusation charging him with second-degree theft by deception before Superior Court Judge Verna G. Leath in Essex County. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be sentenced to three years in state prison. He must pay full restitution of $270,283 to the woman whose funds he stole. Her husband is now deceased. Siegel is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 13, 2019. Deputy Attorney General Janet R. Bosi took the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau. The New Jersey Bureau of Securities initially investigated Siegel and commenced a civil action. On Feb. 1, 2018, the Bureau... Read more →

NJ Students Named to Hartford's Dean's List

WEST HARTFORD, CT (June 2019)-- The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the following students have been named to the Dean's List for Spring 2019. Darius Kinnel of Blackwood (08012) Hannah Heberling of Bordentown (08505) Brianna Hicks of Bridgeton (08302) Anyae Jackson of Burlington (08016) Andrew Dunne of Cherry Hill (08034) Nicole Kibbe of Cinnaminson (08077) Gabrielle Stokes of Cinnaminson (08077) Sarah Dellorco of Haddonfield (08033) Nicholas Ferraro of Haddonfield (08033) Keanu Alcoces of Jbmdl (08640) Audrey Morgan of Lindenwold (08021) Karl Rohrbach of Lumberton (08048) Alexandra McNamara of Marlton (08053) Lauren Romano of Marlton (08053) William Phillips of Marmora (08223) Nathaniel Cromie of Medford (08055) Emily Dunn of Medford (08055) Kayla Marcucci of North Cape May (08204) Carl Straw of Shamong (08088) Nicolette Barranger of Sicklerville (08081) Marlise Burtley of Sicklerville (08081) Kelly Giebner of Sicklerville (08081) Abigail Riley of Swedesboro (08085) Jack Jost of Vineland (08361) Grace... Read more →

Terror Comes to U.S. Soil : The Bomb ‘Outrages’ of 1919

Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and family stand outside their home in Washington, D.C., circa 1919—the year their home was bombed. Mitchell and his family survived the bombing. (Library of Congress photo) Late one evening, a series of mysterious figures placed powerful bombs outside nine deliberately chosen residences stretching from Boston to Cleveland. A carefully coordinated campaign of terror had begun. The targets included three judges, a state representative, a silk manufacturer, an immigration official, a mayor, Catholic priests, and the U.S. attorney general. The first two bombs exploded at around 11:15 p.m. on June 2, 1919—a century ago this month. By 1:00 a.m. the next morning, all of the devices had detonated. The force of the explosions, each fueled by around 20 pounds of dynamite, was massive. Entire neighborhoods were shaken by the blasts. Homes were destroyed or badly damaged. Many windows were completely blown out. Flying glass and... Read more →

Three Individuals Charged with Drug Trafficking Offenses

Middle District of Pennsylvania WILLIAMSPORT Pa (– The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Anthony Bressi, age 47, of Danville, Pennsylvania, Terry Harris, age 45, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Damonico Henderson, age 54, of Elyria, Ohio, were indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking charges. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Bressi, Harris and Henderson conspired to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl, carfentanil, and other fentanyl analogue substances between 2015 and June 2019. The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is prosecuting the case. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods... Read more →

Delaware Hunters harvested 564 wild turkeys during 2019 season

Turkey hunter Kimberly Pokoiski with a gobbler taken at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Midlands Wildlife Area. The photo, titled “My Pride and Joy,” was taken by Paul Skibicki of St. Georges and won an honorable mention award in the 2018/19 Delaware hunting photo contest. DOVER (June 28, 2019) (– Delaware’s month-long spring wild turkey hunting season, which ended May 11, yielded a harvest of 564 birds, slightly lower than last year’s harvest of 571 birds, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Toms (males at least two years of age) accounted for 439 of the harvested birds this year, representing 78 percent of the total harvest. Harvests during this year’s turkey season weekly segments were 254 the first week, 120 the second week, 72 the third week, and 99 the fourth week. This year’s total harvest also included 19 birds harvested by youth hunters during the special... Read more →

Understanding Your Pet’s Emotions for a Better Life

[KENNETT SQUARE, PA] (– With more than 100 million households nationwide owning cats or dogs, pets have become integral members of American families. But when “Fido” and “Fluffy” start to act in unusual, frustrating, or frightening manners, where can owners turn? Recently, Penn Vet’s Dr. Carlo Siracusa, Director of Penn Vet Ryan Hospital’s Companion Animal Behavior Medicine service, shared insights on his integrated approach to treating unsavory behavior to help owners offer a better life for their four-legged family members. Our animal companions can face a full gamut of complex emotions, including anxiety, jealousy, compulsive behavior, and even depression. Pet parents, however, are frequently under-equipped to decipher the underlying emotions causing their furry friends’ unsavory actions. Aggression, for example, is a behavior seen in nearly 90-percent of Siracusa’s patients. Often the outcropping of a physical pain or fear, it is repeatedly misinterpreted by owners as an attempt to “step out... Read more →

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering casts new light on Pennsylvania maps conflict

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that the federal courts have no place in deciding disputes over electoral maps and gerrymandering shouldn’t have any immediate impact on Pennsylvania. That’s because the series of legal disputes that played out in the Keystone State took place largely within the state court system, with Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court having thrown out the former congressional maps and imposed its own for the 2018 midterm election. The only time the U.S. Supreme Court was even tangentially involved in the Pennsylvania dispute was – consistent with Thursday’s decision – when it opted not to get involved. House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati appealed twice to the nation’s highest court to intervene when the state high court ruled against them, but both timesJustice Samuel Alito opted not to hear the case. U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle of... Read more →

Former Northumberland Chief of Probation for Charged with Theft

James Cortelyou charged for stealing $31K from house arrest funds between 2014-2016 HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the former Northumberland County Chief of Adult Probation has been arrested for allegedly stealing $31,530 from the Northumberland County Probation House Arrest funds while he was Chief from 2014-2016. James Cortelyou, 41, of Herndon, was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received, Receiving Stolen Property, and related charges. “The defendant was a public official entrusted to oversee county funds with integrity and accountability,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “Instead, he is accused of changing established procedures to make it easier to steal from the taxpayers and enrich himself. My Office is committed to investigating and prosecuting anyone who abuses their position of power—without fear or favor.” This case was referred to the Office of Attorney General by the... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 6 No. 2 (June 30, 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) published Read more →

GTPD Alert: Camden & Gloucester County OEMs Co-Sponsoring MARC

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ--( the this recent rain we know that some residents in South Jersey have been devastated by the effects of the storm damage. #GTPD and the Office of Emergency Management want to share an upcoming event. This Sunday June 30th, 2019 Camden and Gloucester County OEMs will be co-sponsoring the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at Gloucester City High School. This is event is to assist both Camden and Gloucester County residents who were affected by last week’s storm, and resulting flood event. 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 →

EPA Recognizes Four New York and New Jersey 2018 WasteWise Winners

for Diverting Over 356,000 Tons of Waste from Landfills NEW YORK (June 2019) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey as one of the 2018 winners of the national WasteWise awards, as well as four regional winners in New York and New Jersey. The work conducted by 10 national winning organizations collectively prevented and diverted over 356,000 tons of waste from entering landfills and saved the organizations over $19.6 million in avoided landfill fees. “For more than two decades, EPA’s WasteWise program has helped organizations and businesses conserve resources and save money,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “Our 2018 winners show that keeping valuable materials out of the trash is a win-win for their bottom lines and the environment.” “WasteWise winners are recognized for their leadership in sustainability, waste reduction and diversion, and environmental stewardship,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez.... Read more →

Sunset Parade Sunday at Cape May Coast Guard Base

CAPE MAY, N.J. (– U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is scheduled to host a Sunset Parade in honor of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Training Center, June 30, 2019 at 8:10 p.m. Sunset Parades are military displays of marching troops and the Coast Guard Recruit Precision Drill Team. More than 250 recruits will march in the parade and strike the National Ensign from the parade field at sunset. The gates of Training Center Cape May will open at 6:50 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to use this time for security screening, parking and seating. Guests should plan on being seated by 7:50 p.m. Sunset Parades are exciting and fun for the entire family; however, children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the ceremony. Security will close gate access at 8 p.m., so all visitors wishing to attend must be in before that time. The Coast Guard... Read more →

Additional Sexual Assault Charges Filed against Wilkes-Barre Police Officer

Four additional victims report that Robert Collins sexually assaulted them while on duty HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Pennsylvania State Police today announced additional charges against former Wilkes-Barre police officer Robert Collins after four additional victims came forward with allegations of sexual assault. Collins, 53 of Mountain Top, was charged today with five additional counts of Rape, three counts of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, and related charges. “The defendant served in a position of public trust, but he is charged with abusing his power to assault and intimidate his victims,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “His victims report that he targeted them when they were at their most vulnerable and coerced them into sex acts or raped them. My Office will investigate and prosecute sexual assault offenders where we find them—without fear or favor.” “The State Police continue to work with our law enforcement partners to seek justice,... Read more →

Seaford angler CHARGED with landing a prohibited shark species

SANDBAR SHARKS-Distributed in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. It reaches 2.5 meters in length. The genus Carcharhinus has many other sharks that look similar to this species, however the first dorsal fin of the sandbar sharks is much larger than in other species making it easy to identify. Sandbar sharks in the Churaumi Aquarium give birth in early summer to mid summer, producing 6 to 10 pups around 60 cm in length. SOURCE DOVER (June 28, 2019) – Following a tip made from within Delaware Seashore State Park, DNREC's Natural Resources Police Park Rangers charged a Seaford man with landing a prohibited shark species, in connection with taking a sandbar shark out of the water while fishing June 11 at 3Rs beach within the park. Jay Katz, 65, was cited by Park Rangers for one count of catching and removing from the water a prohibited shark species.... Read more →

Analysis of Pennsylvania's revenues points to need to cut regulations, policy organization says

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square Some time in the coming week, Pennsylvania lawmakers should put the finishing touches on a state budget for the fiscal year that runs from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. With the current fiscal year coming to a close, the Allegheny Institute, a Pittsburgh-based public policy organization, looked at some of the state revenue trends from the expiring current budget as a way to inform discussion of the next one. The authors of the analysis, Executive Director Frank Gamrat and research assistant Hannah Bowser, found that the much-touted budget surplus seen this year was largely driven by unexpectedly strong sales tax and corporate tax receipts. Income tax was up from the prior year as well, but that rise had been expected and was taken into account by the budget. At the same time, however, growth in employment has lagged behind the rest... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Deputy Sheriff Troy Chisum, Shot and Killed

TROY CHISUM Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Illinois End of Watch Tuesday, June 25, 2019 FULTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS--Deputy Sheriff Troy Chisum was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call in the 5200 block of East Troy Road in Avon at 2:00 pm. He was shot by a subject who then barricaded himself inside the home. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody without incident the next day. Deputy Chisum served with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office for 4-1/2 years. He also served as a paramedic with the Fulton County EMA and as a member of the West Central Special Response Team. He is survived by his wife. Total Line of Duty Deaths in 2019: 60 9/11 related illness-1 Accidental-1 Automobile crash-10 Drowned-1 Duty related illness-1 Gunfire-26 Gunfire (Inadvertent)-1 Heart attack-7 Motorcycle crash-1 Struck by vehicle-9 Vehicular assault-2 RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews... Read more →

Maryland Fishing Report: Pretty Rainbow Greets Fishermen on Chesapeake Bay

June 26, 2019 Bob Bruns was fishing at the Bay Bridge recently and found this beautiful striped bass at the end of a rainbow. Photo by Travis Long By Keith Lockwood | Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources We’ve all heard the saying about finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In the past couple weeks, fishermen on the bay and freshwater areas have been dodging passing rain clouds, but were blessed with the sight of a pretty rainbow. A serious problem that pains any fisherman to see is dead striped bass floating in the bay, and the scene becomes more common as air and bay water temperatures rise. This time of the year some of these fish are dying not so much from hook injury, but the stress of being brought to the boat. Studies have shown that decreasing the time one takes to bring a... Read more →

4 More People Charged with Filing False Applications for Sandy Relief Funds

AG’s Office has charged 130 defendants in historic anti-fraud program with state & federal partners TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office and its state and federal partners have charged four additional defendants during the past three months with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of defendants charged by the office in these cases to 130 since March 2014. “Any fraud against public assistance programs is deplorable, but these thefts were especially egregious because they diverted funds intended for victims left homeless by one of the most devastating storms in New Jersey history,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We have recovered over $4 million through these prosecutions and we also have sent a strong message that should deter this type of fraud during future disaster relief efforts.” The 130 people charged by the Attorney General’s... Read more →

NJ Report Card on Hospital Maternity Care Released

Interactive Dashboard Features Hospital Data on Surgical Births, Complication Rates and Severe Birth Complications As part of its mission to improve maternal health outcomes and racial disparities, First Lady Tammy Murphy and the Department of Health today released the first New Jersey Report Card of Hospital Maternity Care that includes interactive data on hospital-specific and statewide surgical births, complication rates and severe maternal birth complications. The public Report Card dashboard allows users to select a New Jersey birthing hospital and view the total number of births, methods of delivery and complication rates — postpartum hemorrhage, third- and fourth-degree perineal lacerations, high vaginal lacerations, post-admission infections and severe maternal morbidity. It enables users to compare rates by hospital and view statewide breakdowns by race. Outcomes by factors such as a mother’s race/ethnicity, age, education level, pre-pregnancy body mass index and health insurance type can also be selected. “The color of one’s... Read more →

Philadelphia CBP Seizes Nearly 4,000 Non-Compliant Tires from China

PHILADELPHIA — ( 29, 2019)--U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 3,942 tires June 13 that were imported from China for violating National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) standards June 13. The tires have an assessed value of nearly $140,000. About 4,000 non-compliant tires from China line the floor of CBP's Centralized Examination Station in Philadelphia. CBP officers initially inspected the tires May 15. NHTSA confirmed that the tires violated federal motor vehicle safety standards and regulations. The tires lacked markings that convey important safety and use information for consumers, as well as brand identification that can be used in the event of a recall. The tires, which are described as trailer or mobile home tires, were consigned to a business in Van, Texas, and destined to a business in Butler, Pa. “Customs and Border Protection places a priority on working with our safety partners, such as the National... Read more →

NJ Residents Named to Bryant University Dean's List

SMITHFIELD, RI ( Bryant University is committed to the pursuit, recognition, and celebration of academic excellence. The University is pleased to recognize the students who have been named to the Deans' List for the spring 2019 semester. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement! Michael Andrejco, class of 2021, from Wall, NJ Kaitlyn Birnbohm-Kaminski, class of 2022, from Tabernacle, NJ Meghan Robinson, class of 2022, from Haddon Heights, NJ Shane Kelly, class of 2021, from Sewell, NJ Hayden Panagos, class of 2020, from Haddonfield, NJ Jenna Cali, class of 2019, from Franklinville, NJ Cole Cronin, class of 2019, from Wrightstown, NJ Mary Gallagher, class of 2019, from Wall, NJ For 156 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts... Read more →

'Incredible' Legion support helps bring disabled veterans together

By Steven B. Brooks JUN 26, 2019 View Photo Gallery ( 29, 2019)--Fifty years ago, Paul Minillo, Bill Hancock, Ron Marmon, Joe Hughes and Tom Crites all served together in Vietnam in the U.S. Marines’ Hotel (H) Company in the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Division. All five men earned Purple Hearts, as did more than 90 percent of those who served in Hotel Company; another 74 of the company’s Marines were killed in action. Their service together created a bond that the five men have turned into decades of friendship that include regularly meeting up to reminisce and, in part, to continue healing. Their most recent get-together occurred on Lake Erie June 19-23 and happened in part due to The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW). The five Vietnam veterans, along with 101 other disabled veterans of various war eras and first responders injured in the line of duty,... Read more →


TRENTON ( 28, 2019) – Beginning on Monday, July 1, 2019, the New Jersey Lottery will expand drawings for the CASH4LIFE game to seven nights per week, giving players more chances to win the top prize of $1,000 a day – for life! Starting July 1, CASH4LIFE will be drawn every night at 9 p.m. Drawings can be viewed online at Players should be on the lookout in Sunday newspapers on June 30, 2019, and weekly newspapers throughout the state the weeks of July 1 and July 8 for a CASH4LIFE Buy-One-Get-One Free coupon insert. CASH4LIFE is the first draw-based game to offer “for Life” prizes in New Jersey and has proven to be a fan favorite. It offers players two jackpot prizes for the $2.00 ticket price. The top prize is $1,000 a day for life, with a cash value of $7,000,000, and the second prize is $1,000... Read more →

Border Patrol Agents Revive Drowned Teen

Release Date: June 27, 2019 Family of Three Rescued From Rio Grande River RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE EAGLE PASS, Texas – ( Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Stationmarine unit saved the life of an undocumented immigrant teen after he and his family, all from Honduras, attempted to cross the Rio Grande River Tuesday afternoon. U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station marine unit saved the life of an undocumented immigrant teen. “Words cannot express my gratitude nor convey the sense of pride I have for these agents," said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. "Without a doubt, their quick life-saving actions brought this young man back from the brink of death.” On June 25, Border Patrol agents performing maritime operations on the Rio Grande River observed two individuals struggling to stay afloat near the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.... Read more →

Cory Booker’s Disingenuous No PAC Money Pledge

Booker’s 50 Shades of PAC Money LAWRENCEVILLE – As progressives around New Jersey complain that Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and South Jersey political powerbroker George Norcross are co-hosting a fundraiser for US Senator Cory Booker’s vanity presidential campaign today the one thing they continue to ignore is that Booker’s pledge not to accept PAC money is disingenuous. Republican Senate candidate Tricia Flanagan said, “It’s easy for Senator Booker to pledge not to accept PAC money when he’s attending a fundraiser co-hosted by the man most political observers view as the person connected to the General Majority PAC.” Flanagan asked, “How many donors to General Majority will be at today’s fundraiser?” “Let’s not forget Governor Murphy held a fundraiser at his home for Booker earlier this year,” Flanagan added, “One has to wonder how many donors to New Direction New Jersey, the ‘dark money’ group Murphy has solicited funds for,... Read more →

Atlantic City Drug Trafficking Ring Busted; 22 Defendants Charged

image source Atlantic City Police Department CAMDEN CITY, N.J. ( 28, 2019)– Twenty-two people have been charged for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of an Atlantic City, New Jersey-based drug-trafficking organization that distributed heroin throughout the area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Nineteen defendants were arrested today, one defendant was in custody on previous state charges, and two defendants are not yet in custody. All of the defendants are charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute over one kilogram of heroin. The defendants arrested today are scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio in Camden federal court. (See chart below.) “The defendants charged today have been flooding the streets of Atlantic City and surrounding towns with heroin, often with tragic results,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Numerous deaths and overdoses have been linked to... Read more →

21-Year-Old Man and a Juvenile Arrested for the Charles Bowen Complex & John Glenn Elementary School Fires

PINE HILL, NJ ( 28, 2019)The Pine Hill Police Department announced today that two individuals were taken into custody yesterday, Thursday and subsequently charged with intentionally setting fire to the playground equipment at the Charles Bowen Recreational Complex, in addition to defiant trespassing and creating dangerous conditions at the John H. Glenn Elementary School. The police released the following statement. Through our committed partnership with the Pine Hill School District, Detectives reviewed video footage from John H. Glenn Elementary School security cameras and located footage of the suspects lighting several fires on the ground, benches and playground equipment on school property shortly after 2:00am on June 22, 2019. The suspects fled the area after a vehicle drove through the parking area of the school. Continued investigation by the Pine Hill Detective Bureau and Pine Hill Fire Marshal led to the arrest of both suspects on the following charges; Christian Taunitas... Read more →

MARC will be in Gloucester City on Sunday at GHS

Gloucester City, NJ ( 28, 2019)--A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), providing recovery resources for people from Gloucester City News blog files Camden and Gloucester Counties affected by the recent flooding event, will open Sunday, June 30, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Gloucester City High School 1300 Market Street Gloucester City, NJ 08030 Partner resources available at the MARC will include service organizations such as the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Catholic Charities USA and others. Also present will be Camden and Gloucester County agencies, including the Office of Emergency Management. ***PLEASE BRING PROOF OF ADDRESS*** For additional information about available services and resources, visit or call 2-1-1. SPONSORED BY THE CAMDEN & GLOUCESTER OFFICES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Read more →

Officer Down: Police Officer Michael Langsdorf Shot and Killed

Michael Langsdorf North County Police Cooperative, Missouri End of Watch Sunday, June 23, 2019 NORTH COUNTY, MISSOURI--Police Officer Michael was shot and killed after responding to a call at 6250 Page Avenue involving a man attempting to cash a fraudulent check at 4:40 pm. He was shot several minutes after contacting the suspect at the business. The man who shot him was taken into custody. Officer Langsdorf had served with the North County Police Cooperative for only three months and had previously served with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his two children, fiancée, and parents. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published | June 28, 2019 Read more →

The Maple Shade Parade and Fireworks Display are NO DRONE ZONES...

Residents and attendees are reminded that the annual 4th of July Parade route on Main Street, and High School grounds during the Fireworks, on Saturday, June 29th,are designated *NO DRONE ZONES*. Unless you possess specific FAA exemptions, some key reminders are as follows: Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people. Never fly near emergencies such as any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts. Never fly at night. Fly your drone at or below 400 feet when in uncontrolled or "Class G" airspace. This is airspace where the FAA is not controlling manned air traffic. To determine what type of airspace you are in, refer to the mobile application that operates your drone (if so equipped) and/or use other drone-related mobile applications. Knowing your location and what airspace you're in will also help you avoid interfering with other aircraft.... Read more →

Pennsylvania bill to end ‘straight ticket voting’ advances over Democratic opposition

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square 2 hrs ago Pennsylvania voters who prefer to pick all the candidates from one party or the other at the polls might have a little bit more work in store for them after a bill passed in the state House of Representatives that would ban the practice of “straight ticket voting.” Senate Bill 48 started out simply as legislation to help out Pennsylvania counties struggling with the cost of replacing their voting machines in the wake of an executive order from Gov. Tom Wolf. But when it reached the House, it picked up a number of other electoral reform provisions, including the elimination of a button that allows a voter to pick all Democrats or all Republicans without considering individual races. Republican state Rep. Garth Everett, the chairman of the House State Government Committee, took the opportunity to explain the legislation to his... Read more →

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-295 northbound to have overnight lane and ramp closures for several nights

Exit ramps to and from Route 168 closed and detoured (Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced I-295 northbound will have two lanes closed overnight for several nights, as well as two ramps closed and detoured to repave I-295 northbound as the Direct Connection project advances in Camden and Gloucester counties. Beginning at 9 p.m., tonight Friday, June 28 until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday June 29, and again from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights, July 1 and 2, NJDOT’s contractor, Conti Enterprises, Inc., is scheduled to close the right two lanes of I-295 northbound beginning just past Exit 25 - Delsea Drive through just past Exit 28 - Route 168/Black Horse Pike to repave the right two lanes. One lane will be maintained at all times. In addition, I-295 northbound Exit 28 - Route 168/Black Horse Pike and the Route 168/Black Horse... Read more →

Concussion Elevates Injury Risk in College Football Players After They Return to Play

Newswise — LAS VEGAS, June 26, 2019 – College football players who have had a concussion are at high risk for sustaining a core or lower-extremity injury or another concussion, even if they are symptom-free, suggests a study being presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. “Some of the basic tests used for determining when an athlete is recovered from concussion aren’t sensitive enough and don’t fully tax the athlete to assess how well the brain and body are communicating. So even when we believe athletes have recovered, they often aren’t fully ready to participate. More research is needed to determine how to effectively address this issue,” said Shellie Acocello, PhD, ATC, senior author of the study and assistant professor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. “Concussions need to be managed by a multidisciplinary team, including a physician and athletic trainer, who... Read more →

Temple University Health: Research Reveals No Differences in Outcomes after Hernia Surgery

Performed by Medical Doctors vs. Surgeons in Ghana (Philadelphia, PA) – Inguinal hernia is one of the most common general surgical conditions in the world, with an estimated 220 million cases and 20 million surgeries performed annually. Inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, like part of the intestine, pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall and into the groin area. Hernias can be congenital or emerge over time. The condition is eight to 10 times more common in men, who have a 27 percent lifetime chance of developing one. Other risk factors include older age, a family history, and a previous hernia. While not necessarily dangerous initially, inguinal hernias will not improve by themselves and typically grow larger. They can affect one’s quality of life – as daily tasks such as bending, coughing, lifting, or exercising can exacerbate any pain. In parts of the world where access to surgical... Read more →

Food Waste Bill Turns Into Incinerator Bail Out Bill = More Pollution   

TRENTON NJ ( 2019)--On June 20th, Senator Smith proposed floor amendments to bill S1206(Smith)/A3726 (Gusciora) that would require large food waste generators to separate and recycle food waste but also allow food waste to go to incinerators. “Late at night, the legislature made a last-minute amendment to S1206(Smith)/A3726 (Gusciora). The bill went from a being a good bill to a bad one that would help bail out the polluters and hurt the environment. We do not support the bill with the new amendment that would allow large food waste generators to bring their waste to incinerators. Garbage incinerators are not zero carbon and are large emitters of air pollutants that would undermine the purpose of the bill,” Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “New Jersey needs to be reducing its waste stream instead of feeding our incinerators.” Some studies showing that incinerators emit several pollutants at a... Read more →

NJ Residents Named to University of Scranton's Dean's List

SCRANTON, PA ( 2019)-- Local residents were among more than 1,650 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2019 spring semester. The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List. The students are: Matthew A. Chiari of Mays Landing (08330), a freshman criminal justice major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences Julia E. Jett of Wildwood (08260), a freshman physiology major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences Kyra A. Bevenour of Sicklerville (08081), a sophomore mathematics major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences Matthew S. Mills of Sewell (08080), a sophomore information technology major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences Mei Lin Q. McElhill of Moorestown (08057), a junior psychology major in... Read more →

Beloved Classics and a New Favorite Come to Life in Mainstage’s Summer Season

BLACKWOOD, NJ ( a summer filled with delightful entertainment in Mainstage Center for the Arts’ 31st season featuring High School Musical, Jr.; Cinderella, Getting to Know version for young audiences; Frozen, Jr.; School House Rock, Jr.; and a community theatre production of the Broadway hit, The Drowsy Chaperone. The season is sponsored by AP Construction and William Penn Bank. The performances kick off July 10-12 with High School Musical, Jr. where the kids from East High navigate their way through the second half of the year – musicals, basketball, scholastic decathlon, and relationships until the last day of school and “Summertime.” High School Musical, Jr. is sponsored by 1st Colonial Community Bank, Bowman & Co, and Ryan Banksy Expert Tree Service. Then a princess in the making meets her prince charming in Cinderella, July 17-19, sponsored by the Bank of Princeton, The Meadows Diner, and the Lamp Post Diner. Next,... Read more →