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January 12, 2020

Operation on the Ropes: One of New Jersey’s Largest THC/Marijuana Edible Seizures

Illegal Products Manufactured in Manalapan, Monmouth Airport Facilities FREEHOLD – A yearlong investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Unit targeting a large-scale marijuana and THC distribution network operating throughout Monmouth, Ocean, and Bergen counties as well as parts of New York resulted in charges being filed against 24 men and women. One California man remains at-large and is considered a fugitive from justice, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. The investigation, dubbed Operation On The Ropes uncovered a scheme... Read more →


In the video below NEWS 24 Special Report looks into the friendship between Stephen Sweeney and George Norcross that began when the two were youngsters. Stephen M. Sweeney (born June 11, 1959) is an American executive and Democratic Party politician who currently serves as the President of the New Jersey Senate. He has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2002, where he represents the 3rd Legislative District. He has been the President of the New Jersey Senate since January 12, 2010. A Union Ironworker... Read more →

NAACP, Operating Engineers & Laborers Ask Lawmakers Postpone Vote on Liberty State Park Act

Jersey City — The Enhance Liberty State Park Coalition today announced that the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 and Laborers International Union of North America have all called for the Legislature to postpone voting on the “Liberty State Park Protection Act” until the bill is amended in a manner that protects 99% of Liberty State Park forever, secures private investment to remediate contaminated portions of Caven Point and Liberty State Park and ensures millions of dollars in economic... Read more →

Elizabeth Martelli, of St. Mary's Home, Cherry Hill

On January 9, 2020, "Betty" (nee Hanselman) of St. Mary's Home in Cherry Hill passed away at age 92. She was the beloved wife of the late, Casper J. Sr. She is lovingly survived by her 4 children, Casper J. Jr. (Alison), Joe, Nancy Godfrey (Glenn) and Mary Ellen (Ken); her 4 grandsons, Robert (Aaron), Ronald, Louis (Heidi) and Kyle (Olivia); her brother, Robert (Peggy) along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Charles and her sisters, Clara and Rhoda. Viewing... Read more →

Gloucester Township PD: January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (January 12, 2020)--January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and January 11th is designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The Gloucester Township Police want to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking. The many scandals and the #MeToo movement have started to bring crimes like sexual harassment and sexual assault into the light but many people still have the mindset that it will not happen to me or not in my community. Sadly it exists in many communities around the... Read more →

Bernadette “Bernie” Mary Monahan of Runnemede

Bernadette “Bernie” Mary Monahan (nee Haug), passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Longtime resident of Runnemede. Age 86. Beloved wife for 64 years of the late Harold. Devoted mother of Dave (Lisa) and Robbie (Denise). Loving grandmother of David, Tyler and Gabrielle Monahan. She was the youngest of five siblings: Betty Coyle, Lori Scott, the late Catherine Coyle and Christian Haug. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Monahan was employed as a Licensing Agent by the New Jersey... Read more →

Mays Landing Man with a Gun Arrested by Winslow Township Police

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, NJ (January 11, 2020)--Police were dispatched to Red Fox Trail at approximately 20:00 Hours for a report of a man armed with a handgun. Police officers met with a female victim. She reported that she drove and parked in front of her home. As she exited her vehicle, she heard a noise, turned and saw a black male pointing a handgun at her. She screamed and the male fled towards S. Cedar Brook Road. K-9 assistance was called to the area to search... Read more →

Asylum Seekers Extorted

Men Sentenced for Scheme Targeting New Immigrants It was easy for the criminals to spot their targets as buses offloaded passengers into the din of New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal. The men looked for people who had recently entered the United States to seek asylum—distinguishable by the monitoring bands on their ankles or the immigration paperwork they held in their hands. Francisco Betancourt, Pascual Rodriguez, or Lucilo Cabrera would then move in on these vulnerable individuals. Rodriguez sometimes claimed to be an immigration... Read more →

13 Defendants Indicted in Connection with Monmouth County Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Two Defendants Charged with Unlawfully Possessing Firearms TRENTON, N.J. – Thirteen defendants have been indicted for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of a drug-trafficking conspiracy that distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Monmouth County, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Damion Helmes, Dawn Stephens, Shantay Walker, Keith Logan, Shamar Dudley, Tonya Underwood, Elizabeth Conover, Curtis Jenkins, Ralph Lee, and Eric Yarbrough were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine. Additionally,... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: NJBIA Backs Fiscal Reform Bills, Urges Action on Path to Progress

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association today testified in favor of four fiscal reform bills designed to lower the cost of local governments as part of a wide-ranging plan to fix New Jersey's government finances. Between them, the Senate and Assembly appropriations committees will consider legislation involving curriculum at K-8 school districts, sharing services between local governments, and examining state and local taxes and economic development policies. Individually, the bills are narrow in scope, but they are part of a broad, impactful plan to... Read more →

NJ Camp Fairs connect great kids with great camps

…FREE admission! – Weekends starting January 18 – February 22, 2020 Throughout,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) For 2020, NJ Camp Fairs, along with the American Camp Association, will have an exciting lineup of 7 summer camp fairs for NJ families throughout Northern and Central New Jersey communities. This is a great time to seek out summer camps and programs for your child, whether it is a sleep away camp, traditional day camp, or specialty camp such as sports, adventure, travel, community service, academic, art, robotics, gymnastics,... Read more →

Former Newark Police Officer Admits Bribery And Assisting In Preparing False Federal Tax Return

NEWARK, N.J. – A former Newark police officer today admitted soliciting and accepting cash payments from a brothel owner in Newark in exchange for protecting brothels from police action, and to failing to report those cash payments on his personal federal income tax returns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Julio I. Rivera, 50, of Old Bridge, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to two counts of an indictment charging him with bribery (Count Six) and aiding... Read more →

Over 1500 Students Named to Dean's List at York College of Pennsylvania

YORK, PA (January 2020)-- Over 1500 students were named to the Dean's List at York College of Pennsylvania. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher. Emma Boeckle of Monroeville, NJ (08343) Zachary Campo of Woodbury, NJ (08096) Victoria Cox of Vineland, NJ (08360) Ryan DelaCruz of Woodlynne, NJ (08107) Amber-Lynn Deveney of Grenloch, NJ (08032) Anthony Digneo of Cherry Hill, NJ (08002) Rhyan Elwell of... Read more →

Philadelphia-Area Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Distributing Oxycodone

A Philadelphia-area doctor was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine yesterday for the illegal distribution of oxycodone. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Harpster of the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Maureen Dixon of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Philadelphia Regional... Read more →

NJ Students at Alvernia University earn Dean's List Honor

READING, PA (01/09/2020)-- The following students have been named to Alvernia University's Dean's List for the fall 2019 semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credits. Oakcrest High School graduate Tyler Barrett of Mays Landing (08330) is studying Sport Management at Alvernia University. Palmyra High School graduate Tessa Beck of Palmyra (08065) is studying Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University. Cinnaminson High School graduate Samantha Burns of Cinnaminson (08077)... Read more →

FAC Prevails in Lawsuit Against Bakersfield Over Open Meetings, Records Violations

The First Amendment Coalition has prevailed in a lawsuit against the city of Bakersfield, with a judge ruling that the city council violated open-government laws when it held three closed-door sessions to discuss city finances and then refused to release public records related to those meetings. The ruling, a complete victory for FAC and Californians Aware, which sued to enforce California's open-meetings and open-records laws, requires the city to turn over records, record any future closed-door sessions for a year as a preventative measure and... Read more →


Related: ARTIST Dave Wolfe Vol. 6 No. 29 (Jan. 12, 2019) Editor's Note: Each Sunday morning we post a weekly comic strip provided by cartoonist Dave Wolfe. 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 →

Health Benefits of Taking a Hot Bath

Gloucestercitynews.net(January 12, 2020)—Whether we like it or not, stress and anxiety are here to stay. Although modern times cannot eradicate their ever-presence, there is a way to manage them. Taking a hot bath is an easy way to achieve relaxation. Ancient cultures believed in the healing powers of water, and you can replicate their ideas easily by having a hot bath. Freestanding baths are excellent options that make your warm bath comfortable. So fill your tub with warm water, bubble bath, and essential oils, and... Read more →