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January 2020

Burlington County Authorities Ask Public to Help Find Sex Offender

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that law enforcement officials continue to seek the public’s assistance locating a 61-year-old man who failed to register as a sex offender as required under Megan’s Law. William Dean is described as a white male, standing 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 220 pounds. He may be in the Camden area, and may be using the name Billy Dean. State law requires registered sex offenders who plan to move to a new residence to notify police in the town where they presently live about the change, and also provide their new address to police in the municipality where they intend to move. Dean is considered a fugitive. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is urged to call the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-265-5035, and ask to speak to a detective in the Megan’s Law Unit. Information can also be submitted electronically at Anonymous... Read more →

Two-Year-Old and A Man Shot in Woodlynne

Camden, N.J. – The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Woodlynne Police Department are investigating the Thursday night shooting of a man and two-year-old child, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Woodlynne Public Safety Director Ed Figueroa. Police were called around 7:30 p.m. after the two victims showed up at an area hospital Jan. 30. Detectives said the man was shot in the upper body and the child was shot in the foot. The man told detectives he was in his vehicle with the two-year-old and another man in the back seat at the intersection of 4th and Chestnut Streets when three men reportedly approached the car. After allegedly demanding money, one of the men fired multiple shots at the car, hitting the driver and the child. Camden County Police received a ShotSpotter activation and assisted detectives at the hospital. “Anyone who can open fire on a vehicle... Read more →

Suspect Driving Under the Influence of Heroin Strikes 2 Vehicles on S. Broadway; 1 Injured

by CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 31, 2020)—Gloucester City Police responded to a traffic accident Thursday, January 30, around 10:20 AM after a car, driven by Jerry Yelverton, crashed into two vehicles waiting in traffic at the intersection of South Broadway and George Street. Several police vehicles along with the Gloucester City Fire Department responded to the scene according to a person who was passing by and saw the commotion. Yelverton, according to Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell was charged with possession of two bags of heroin. "The 42-year-old male, who lives in the 200 unit block of Powell Street, admitted to police that he snorted a bag of heroin before the accident occurred," Morrell said. Yelverton, along with one of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Morrell said at first it was thought the victim's injuries were not that serious. “But, doctors at the... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing NJ: Scoping Hearings for Summer Flounder/Scup/Black Sea Bass and Bluefish

DOWN THE SHORE--Don’t miss the opportunity to provide comment on management for summer flounder/scup/black sea bass and bluefish during several public scoping hearings in February held by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. Please note that these hearings will not address recreational bag, season, or size limits. See below and attached for additional information. Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment will consider potential modifications to the allocations of catch or landings between the commercial and recreational sectors for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass. Members of the public are encouraged to attend a scoping hearing or submit written comments on potential changes to the commercial/recreational allocations for these three species. Scoping hearings will be held on February 24 (Belmar) and February 25 (Galloway). A schedule of dates and locations is available here. Written comments may... Read more →


A "fair workweek" — or predictable scheduling — bill was introduced by state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on Monday, and details were confirmed in a presser held yesterday. If it's passed by the state Legislature and then signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, the bill would guarantee employees the ability to plan their lives two weeks in advance, thanks to a new, mandatory scheduling buffer. It also ensures employees are scheduled to work a set number of hours per week, plus a 12-hour break between shifts, unless the employee decides to work sooner, for time-and-a-half pay. As written now, the legislation cover companies with over 250 employees. (Politico / WHYY) NJ TRANSIT CRITICIZED IN NEW AUDIT FOR PERFORMANCE A state audit of NJ Transit's performance between July 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2019 found that its trains were less on-time than before that period. Part of the reason why —... Read more →

HINDU'S SAY: TCNJ refuses to withdraw its newspaper labelling Hinduism as “unforgiving”

Despite Hindu protest, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing is refusing to withdraw printed copies of its student newspaper “The Signal” from various locations, which states “Hinduism is an unforgiving religion”. “…we decline your requests to retrieve printed copies of The Signal or to remove the article”, “The Signal” Editor-in-Chief Emmy Liederman wrote yesterday in an email to Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest. The printed January 29 issue of "The Signal" (Spring 2020 No. 1) in PDF, hosted by Issuu, carrying this objectionable statement, also continues to be posted on “The Signal” website. courtesy of It was highly inappropriate and insensitive for the newspaper of a “Top Public College” funded by tax dollars and student fees (many of whom were Hindu) to belittle Hinduism, world’s oldest and third largest religion with about 1.1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought; Zed, who is President... Read more →

Philadelphia Tax Preparer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison For Causing Tax Loss of Over $2 Million

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Abdoulaye Coumbassa, 44, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, one year supervised release, and ordered to pay $224,478 in restitution to the IRS by United States District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick for preparing and filing false tax returns for clients of his tax preparation business, Abbi Tax Services and Accounting, in Philadelphia. graphic The defendant pleaded guilty in October 2019 to the offense of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false returns, and agreed with an estimate of the tax losses he caused exceeding $2 million. From at least 2012 to 2015, Coumbassa prepared and filed fraudulent Income Tax Returns, and related forms and schedules, on behalf of his clients. Coumbassa primarily falsified these returns by attaching false ‘Schedule C’ forms to the clients’ returns. These ‘Schedule C’ forms falsely claimed that the client... Read more →

Penn State Coach Highest-Paid Pa Public Employee; Kentucky Coach Receives $9.2M

The Center Square HARRISBURG, PA --James Franklin, head football coach at Pennsylvania State University, earned $4.8 million in 2018, making Franklin the highest-paid public employee in Pennsylvania last year, according to a ranking by the website GOBankingRates. Penn State head coach James Franklin photo Barry Reeger On the ranking of the highest-paid public employees in each state, Franklin’s salary came in 12th, according to the analysis. Data from USA Today’s 2018 NCAA salary reports, as well as, were used by the website to create the ranking of top public employee salaries. Some of the employees in the ranking have left their positions since last year, however, according to GOBankingRates. Twenty-nine of the people on the list – or 58 percent – held the position of the head football coach at a major university, the study said. Most of them were earning annual pay of $1 million or more, according... Read more →

Carlos Perez, of Pennsauken, Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

CAMDEN CITY, N.J. – A member of a Camden drug-trafficking organization pleaded guilty today to distributing significant amounts of illegal drugs in Camden, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. graphic Carlos Perez, 46, of Pennsauken, New Jersey, admitted his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that was based on the 500 block of Pine Street in Camden; he pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, fentanyl and powder cocaine. Twelve other members of the drug-trafficking conspiracy – Ronnie Lopez, Nelson Salcedo, Paul Salcedo, Waldemar Garcia, William Carrillo, Elisa Rivera, Ramon Velez, Naeem Sadler, Jasmin Velez, Jameel Byng, Kaliel Johnson, and David Velez – previously have pleaded guilty in this case. The charges against six other defendants remain pending. According to documents filed in... Read more →

Regard the Role of Paper Samples in Academic Writing (January 31, 2020)--Odd as it might sound, many disoriented students tend to undervalue sample reading as a tool for writing successfully. And this may be one of the common reasons why, to complete a capstone project that includes paper writing properly, a student has to apply for academic help from an online writing service. But the solution to the writing problems that most students face lies right on the surface – it takes just a few samples reads to get the hang of how to write like a pro! image Crafted by experts with rich academic backgrounds, paper samples represent the cornerstones of professional scholarly writing and thus demonstrate to readers how they need to develop their work and what needs to be included in it. That being said, taking a good look at the samples of academic writing is one of the key steps of understanding this... Read more →

FBI News: Fraud Ring Leader Sentenced

A leader of an international criminal network that stole millions of dollars from two American businesses while pretending to be a legitimate vendor is now in prison. Evaldas Rimasauskas was one of the orchestrators of the Lithuania-based business email compromise (BEC) scheme. Beginning in 2013, his employees regularly called the victim companies’ customer service numbers to glean as much information as they could about the companies. They asked for details like names of key employees and their contact information. They also sent phishing emails that gave them access to the companies’ email systems—giving the fraudsters an even bigger trove of information about the victim companies. “It was a big, sophisticated research effort,” said Special Agent Jonathan Polonitza, who investigated this case out of the FBI’s New York Field Office. Armed with these details and two years of research, one of the fraudsters simply called the companies pretending to be a... Read more →

How to Encourage Your Kids to Brush Every Day (January 31, 2020)--Getting a good bedtime routine going can make it easier to get your kids to sleep. Therefore, it’s important to teach them to do things like put on their own pajamas and read a book. The problem is, when it comes to tooth brushing, many kids are reluctant to do it and may spend ages messing around and generally not doing what you ask. If your kids are refusing to brush, here are some ways to encourage them to get into good habits. Find Out What They Dislike About Brushing image While sometimes a refusal to brush is simply laziness — or wanting to do something more fun — there can be a number of reasons why kids hate brushing their teeth. Some kids dislike the feel of brushing their teeth, but this can be helped if you brush for them until they’re older. Other kids... Read more →

Face of Defense: Recruiter Flies Around Remote Alaska to Fill Army Ranks

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO BY SEAN KIMMONS, ARMY NEWS SERVICE As a new recruiter working remote Alaskan villages scattered across an area larger than many U.S. states, Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Masterman was on a path to defeat. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Masterman, an Alaska Army National Guard recruiter, flies his single-engine propeller aircraft while on a recruiting mission to Kipnuk, Alaska, Sept. 22, 2017. Masterman recruits future soldiers in several villages scattered across a wide area in southwestern Alaska. DoD photo by Sean Kimmons An infantryman by trade, Masterman volunteered for the solo mission covering roughly 50,000 square miles in southwest Alaska, where travel between villages is primarily by plane or boat. A typical Army recruiter may have an area of just 40 miles, he said, with a car and good roads to easily get around. In the face of those challenges, he hit only... Read more →

Parks in Pennsylvania Face $500M Deficit

By Dave Fidlin | The Center Square HARRISBURG PA--Rising costs and stagnant income is leaving Pennsylvania’s 121 parks with a projected deficit of about $500 million to address ongoing maintenance needs, a state official revealed recently. Paul Zeph, head planner of the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, went before members of the House Tourism Committee on Jan. 15 and discussed the Parks for All plan, which was recently refreshed after last going under the microscope in 1992. In his testimony to the House panel, Zeph touched on a number of issues related to state parks, but the one piece of insight that garnered the most attention was the anticipated shortfall. When Parks for All was last updated, Zeph pointed out budgetary deficits at the time hovered around $100 million. “We’re scratching our heads on how to go forward,” Zeph said. “We may have to shut down some facilities, we may... Read more →

Quick and Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly (January 31, 2020)--People are thinking a lot more about their carbon footprint these days, the idea of making your home eco-friendlier is not new, but it is becoming essential. From those who want to reduce their image environmental impact to those that are preparing their home to sell, being more environmentally conscious is more popular than ever. Make the right eco-friendly changes to your home, and you can even add value to your property, meaning that you can advance up the property ladder even faster. If you're looking for ways to make cost-effective changes to your carbon footprint, here are some of the greenest ways to make your home eco-friendlier. Water Waste As one of the more expensive utility bills, it always pays to be smarter about your water use. When it comes to being environmentally aware, most people look at electricity consumption, but your use of water... Read more →

Maryland Fishing Report: Hardy Souls Not Letting Weather Keep Them From Their Favorite Past-Time

January 29, 2020 Photo by Gregg Salsi Even though it’s winter, periodic warm spells and days when there is little wind and plenty of sunshine afford fishermen a chance to wet a line. The pre-season trout stocking program is well underway and trout management waters are being stocked every week. January through March is the time of the year when many attend outdoor shows to view or purchase new fishing tackle, or even book that fishing trip to a dream destination. The department’s Fishing and Boating Services will have staff present at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg from Feb. 1-9 at Maryland FishHunt booth 2521 in Fishing Hall. We hope you’ll come see us! Many anglers have questions about what is going to happen in regards to management decisions and new regulations concerning striped bass. The entire striped bass fishery of the East Coast is impacted by the... Read more →

How to Properly Spruce Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal 31, 2020)--Though it’s on the inside that counts, a properly spruced up exterior can help you boost your home’s value, your own comfort, and of course help boost the quality of your neighborhood. With luck, you might even convince your other neighbors to put effort into their own homes, so all, in all you end up living on a picture-perfect street. You will be proud to call your house home, and when the time comes your property will sell faster and for more because of your efforts. Don’t dally, however, because the best way to spruce up your home’s curb appeal is to do it for yourself, so start today and follow this guide: Upgrade Your Gutters We don’t often think about our gutters. They help keep rainwater away from the sides of our house, what else do we need to know about them, right? The reality is that... Read more →

New Jersey Doctor Admit Roles in Health Care Fraud Scheme

TRENTON, N.J. – A doctor with offices in Washington, Hackettstown, and Succasunna, New Jersey, and his co-defendant today admitted their roles in a health care conspiracy to bill Medicare and private health insurance companies for medical services fraudulently claimed to have been provided by a licensed medical doctor, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Parminderjeet S. Sandhu, 66, of Long Valley, New Jersey, and Paramjit Singh, 62, of Ohio, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to informations charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. “Dr. Sandhu defrauded Medicare and private insurers – and, worse, put his patients at risk – by allowing those patients to be treated by Singh, a man who had lost his medical license,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Our office continues to work tirelessly to protect the integrity of federal healthcare programs and to make sure that patients... Read more →

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel 50 miles off Manasquan Inlet

MANASQUAN INLET, N.J. —(January 29, 2020)-- The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel 50 miles off Manasquan Inlet, Thursday afternoon. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watch standers received a call from the captain of the fishing vessel Enterprise requesting a MEDEVAC for a crew member experiencing severe abdominal pain. A Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew was launched to assist, arrived and transferred the crew member aboard. After the crew member's condition worsened, an Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew was launched, arrived, and medevaced the crew member to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Atlantic City Care Regional Medical Center. "The Coast Guard trains everyday for events like this," said Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Box, watch stander at the Sector Delaware Bay command center. "Because of that training we were able to coordinate multiple Coast Guard assets to get the... Read more →

Love Your Money: U.S. Spends $113.5 Million to Give Rural America High Speed Internet

In the last few weeks alone the U.S. government has spent a whopping $113.5 million to help bring graphics high-speed broadband to several rural areas throughout the country. In some of the cases multi-million-dollar investments will provide high-speed internet service to just a few hundred households, raising serious questions about the taxpayer investment. The money flows through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) via a Trump administration program known as ReConnect that will ultimately dole out hundreds of millions of dollars for the cause. The program was launched as a result of President Donald Trump’s Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity established in April 2017 to identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. Headed by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the task force includes 22 federal agencies and local leaders typical for bureaucratic government adventures. The government officials made dozens... Read more →

Michael Hughes of Philadelphia Found Guilty of Two Robberies and Shootings

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Michael Hughes, 31, of Philadelphia, PA, was convicted today at trial of two counts of robbery which interferes with interstate commerce, and two counts of using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence arising from two armed robbery and shooting incidents in August 2016. In November 2017, Hughes and his co-defendant, Nashadeem Henderson, were charged in a five-count Indictment. The charges stem from Henderson’s and Hughes’s participation in an armed robbery and shooting of a marijuana dealer in the area of 2600 Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia; and an armed robbery and shooting of a pizza deliveryman employed by Mimmo’s Pizza in the area of 3000 North Taney Street in Philadelphia. Henderson pleaded guilty prior to the trial. “The defendants in this case had no regard for the lives of their victims –... Read more →

Delaware Announces Additional Hunting Opportunities in February

DOVER (Jan. 29, 2020) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is promoting additional hunting opportunities in February with a second special youth waterfowl hunting day on Feb. 8, the one-day reopening of the regular snow goose hunting season Feb. 8, and the opening of the Snow Goose Conservation Order season Feb. 1. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: The one-day, special youth waterfowl hunting day Saturday, Feb. 8 is open for hunters ages 10 through 15. Normal daily waterfowl bag limits and hunting regulations apply during the special youth waterfowl hunting day, to include a limit of 25 snow geese and one Canada goose. Youth hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm, and must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter age 21 or older who cannot possess a firearm during the youth hunt. Youth hunters age 13 through 15 must have completed a... Read more →


Yesterday, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the state has accepted $20 million in federal grants to distribute to nine hospitals across the state. The funding will launch violence intervention programs, including substance abuse treatment. The goal is to stop gun violence before it happens again, in the hospital — specifically, in Atlantic City, Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Neptune, Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson, and Trenton. (WHYY) MURPHY: IT WAS A "DISAGREEMENT," NOT TOXIC WORKPLACE Gov. Phil Murphy addressed strategist Julie Roginsky's allegations of "rank misogyny" and a "toxic" workplace during his 2017 gubernatorial campaign. Yesterday, Murphy characterized the situation as a "strong fundamental disagreement." He said his campaign took the allegations "deadly seriously." They were "investigated thoroughly," he said. (USA Today Network NJ) MURPHY MOVES ON JUSTICE REFORM AHEAD OF TASK FORCE Under new legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy, the state parole system for juvenile inmates will... Read more →

NJ Dept. of Health Opens Novel Coronavirus Call Center

TRENTON, NJ (January 30, 2020)--The New Jersey Department of Health today announced the opening of a hotline (1-800-222-1222) for the public to ask questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. “Although the risk to the public remains low, we understand that residents have questions about this new virus,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “This hotline provides factual information to alleviate fear and dispel rumors.” The hotline is being operated by the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), also known as the New Jersey Poison Center, which has run other call centers for the Health Department. NJPIES is a division of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The hotline can accommodate callers in multiple languages. “As a 24-hour hotline staffed continuously with trained healthcare professionals, the New Jersey Poison Center is standing by to answer questions about this emerging infection. The call is always free,... Read more →

Law Banning Plastic Bags Released - Will Go Into Effect 18 Months from Signing

Trenton, NJ (January 30, 2020)--The plastic bag ban bill, S864 (Smith/Greenstein), was released by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today, January 30, 2020. The bill prohibits the provision or sale of single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use paper carryout bags, and polystyrene foam food service products. It also limits the provision of single-use plastic straws and appropriates moneys from the Clean Communities Program Fund for public education. The bill was amended to go into effect 18 months after it is signed for plastic bags, paper bags, and polystyrene, and 1 year for straws. “Today, the battle to stop plastics begins all over again. Now that this bill has left the committee, it is critical to get this bill passed as soon as possible. Every day of delay means that more plastics are getting into our environment and into us. This is the most comprehensive plastic bill in the nation because... Read more →

Democratic Candidate Running Against Van Drew Upset with Trash Left From Trump Rally

STATEMENT FROM BRIGID HARRISON REGARDING THE TRUMP/VAN DREW RALLY CLEAN-UP EFFORTS [January 30, 2020 - Longport, New Jersey] – This morning, The Cherry Hill Courier-Post published an extensive news story detailing the enormous clean-up efforts and expense the Wildwood/Cape May community has been forced to address after Tuesday night's Trump/Van Drew political rally. The following is a statement from Brigid Callahan Harrison, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey's second congressional district: "When Jeff Van Drew first chose to obstruct Congress's rightful authority to investigate very serious allegations against Donald Trump, he assisted in the withholding of crucial information related to the 2020 election and chose to help Trump get away with a crime. "When Jeff Van Drew negotiated his backroom deal with Trump and switch parties, he chose to take the Trump campaign money and to put his self-interest ahead of the people of the 2nd district. "But what... Read more →

NJ’s LGBTQ Laws Rated in Human Rights Campaign’s State Equality Index

An estimated 8 million LGBTQ Americans, their friends and families remain at risk of discrimination if they live in one of the 30 states without adequate protections. WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. New Jersey falls into the category, “Working Toward Innovative Equality.” “As LGBTQ people continue to face an onslaught of attacks from the federal administration in Washington, the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 State Equality Index (SEI) documents how states were instrumental in advancing equality through pro-LGBTQ legislation, policies and proposals,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “In the absence of federal non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community, states must put policies in place to ensure equality for... Read more →

Philadelphia Calendar Of Events for February

Related: The Philadelphia Auto Show Through February 8, 2020 BEETHOVENNOW. The Philadelphia Orchestra marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov and Emanuel Ax performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-1900, Philadelphia Auto Show, February 8-17, 2020 — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia Through February 23, 2020 THE ROTHMAN ORTHOPAEDICS ICE RINK AND CABIN AND WINTERGARDEN. The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin and Wintergarden finish their seasonal run at Dilworth Park, City Hall’s front yard. (215) 440-5500, Through February 29, 2020 BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Major attractions across the city—including The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Free Library of Philadelphia and more—celebrate the month throughout February with events and special programming. February 1, 2020 AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR. One of the oldest... Read more →

Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and His Wife Indicted on Fraud and Bribery Charges

PHILADELPHIA— First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced this morning that former Universal Community Homes Chief Executive Officer and Board President Abdur Councilman Kenyatta Johnson Rahim Islam, 62, of Philadelphia, PA; former Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Universal’s Board Shahied Dawan, 68, of Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 46, and his spouse, political consultant Dawn Chavous, 40, both of Philadelphia, PA; were charged today in a twenty-two-count indictment alleging a wide-ranging racketeering conspiracy and related crimes including bribery, honest services fraud, multiple counts of wire fraud, and tax offenses. The charges were announced at a press conference held by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Williams, FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Christian Zajac, and IRS Criminal Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Guy Ficco. According to the Indictment, the charges stem from criminal schemes orchestrated by Islam and Dawan through Universal Companies which included thousands of dollars in bribe payments to... Read more →

James W. Dunlap of Philadelphia, Charged with Attempted Murder Inside a Woodlynne Home

Camden City, N.J. — 52-year-old James W. Dunlap of Philadelphia, was arrested Jan. 28 on charges of attempted murder, burglary, aggravated assault, and related weapons offenses stemming from a Jan. 23 stabbing inside a Woodlynne home, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Woodlynne Public Safety Director Ed Figueroa. On Thursday, Jan. 23, a 64-year-old man was taken to Cooper Medical Hospital with multiple stab wounds to the upper body shortly before 11 p.m., according to detectives. A witness told investigators Dunlap forcefully entered a Woodlynne home before allegedly stabbing the victim and assaulting another individual inside the home. Dunlap was apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force – Camden Division in Logan Township. He was remanded to the Camden County Jail pending a pretrial detention hearing. All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Read more →

Apply Now for Spring Turkey Hunt Permit

Wild Turkey in New Jersey The Turkey Hunting Booklet has been discontinued. Spring 2020 season information is found in the 2019-20 Hunting Digest on pages 14 and 58-61 and below: Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information 2019-2020 (pdf, 475kb) Spring Turkey Permit Application Information Apply NOW! Changes to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Program Spring 2019 Turkey Season Harvest Data The Division's Turkey Restoration Project represents one of the greatest wildlife management success stories in the history of the state. By the mid-1800s, turkeys had disappeared in New Jersey due to habitat changes and killing for food. Division biologists, in cooperation with the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, reintroduced wild turkeys in 1977 with the release of 22 birds. In 1979 biologists and technicians began to live-trap and re-locate birds to establish populations throughout the state. By 1981 the population was able to support a spring... Read more →

New Jersey American Water Invested More Than $375 Million Statewide in 2019

CAMDEN CITY, N.J. (January 29, 2020) – New Jersey American Water recently announced its end-of-year investment total and system improvements for 2019. More than $375 million total was invested on system upgrades and various improvement projects statewide throughout the year. “At New Jersey American Water, our goal is to provide safe, reliable water service to all of our customers,” said Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water. “From source to tap, our team of professionals continuously monitor and work hard to maintain our facilities to ensure they operate efficiently, meet all regulatory standards and deliver the best quality water. Investment now helps sustain our current operations while ensuring resiliency for the future – all to benefit our customers.” Each year, New Jersey American Water invests millions of dollars in its infrastructure, which includes both maintenance and upgrades to its treatment and distribution (pipeline). This includes regular maintenance and upgrades... Read more →

Homeland Security Report on Neo-Nazi Organization The Base; Leader Richard Tobin Lived in Brooklawn, NJ

CNBNews. net Counterterrorism, Domestic In 2020, the neo-Nazi organization, The Base, will likely attempt to recruit new members in the region, rely on members with military expertise and training, and use intimidation tactics to terrorize its victims and spread its white supremacist ideology. The Base formed in 2018 as an organization that seeks to defend the European race while establishing a network of supporters willing to use violence to overthrow the current social and political order for a perceived impending race war. In June, an unidentified subject(s) posted The Base propaganda in the vicinity of Princeton University (Mercer County), making this the group’s first known recruitment effort in New Jersey. One piece of propaganda said, “Save Your Race, Join The Base,” and another depicted two men with their faces concealed, holding a flag with the group’s logo while giving the “Heil Hitler” salute. In January, law enforcement arrested six members... Read more →

DHS Secretary Commends Partnership to Improve Health Outcomes in North Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA - Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today joined Project HOME, Independence Blue Cross, and AmeriHealth Caritas to announce the launch of Keystone Connection to Wellness, which will work to address health disparities and social determinants of health experienced by residents of North Philadelphia. “Our partners in the HEZ are doing incredible, necessary work to help work against the health disparities residents of North Philadelphia face every day, but we need to be able to scale and grow these efforts so more people can see a positive change and better health outcomes,” said Sec. Miller. “Project HOME’s partnership with Independence Blue Cross and AmeriHealth Caritas will make growing this work possible, and I am incredibly grateful that our Medicaid managed care organizations are investing in organizations like Project HOME to maximize our ability to make a positive change in the lives of people we serve.” Project... Read more →

Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament May 17, 2020

Beautiful Weather Ushered In the 28th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament The annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament is held on the third Sunday in May at Island Beach State Park. In 2020 the tournament will be held on Sunday, May 17. A variety of species are eligible for entry in the tournament each year. Overall length determines the winner. All fish must meet minimum length tournament requirements. Tournament fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the "Governor's Award," and has his/her name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which is permanently displayed at the park. Fishing equipment is awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in each species category. Winners from the early entry drawing and the tournament must be present during the afternoon awards ceremony to claim their prizes or they will be forfeited. Anglers planning to participate in... Read more →

Visit Philadelphia® Recognized With Two Adrian Awards

VISIT PHILADELPHIA announced today that it won two Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards at a gala in New York City last night. This year’s recognitions bring VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s award count total to 45 since 2004. In the LGBTQ PR category, VISIT PHILADELPHIA earned a Gold Award for its Philadelphia Pioneers On The Road To Stonewall campaign executed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Fund. The organization celebrated Pride Month and marked the 50th anniversary of the history-making Stonewall Riots that launched the LGBTQ civil rights movement by creating a float that carried LGBTQ pioneers on it in three large summer parades both in and out of market. The float was adorned with messages of equality, unity and welcome. VISIT PHILADELPHIA supplemented the public relations campaign with an advertising takeover of New York City’s Penn Station, complete with rainbow steps that bore... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: A Hawaiian Cutter-Man

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO . As often happens on January nights, bands of light rain swept over Honolulu Harbor, and the silhouette of the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) pulled away from the pier at Coast Guard Base Honolulu but for the final time. The cutter's presence was given away only by its navigation lights. At the same time, behind it, the skyline of downtown Honolulu shone brightly with Aloha Tower illuminated red against the twinkling city lights. On deck, the cutter's crew worked diligently under the experienced eye of Chief Warrant Officer Hari Colton, the deck force department head, as they prepared for the long voyage. The seagoing buoy tender is en route to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore for its midlife overhaul. In a couple of months, the crew will bring the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper (WLB 201) to Hawaii, the Walnut's replacement. It... Read more →

32 Murders in 22 Days; Philly Councilman Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23, 2020 – As gun violence continues to rage unabated in Philadelphia, Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) today called for Council to authorize the hiring of legal counsel to file a lawsuit compelling the Commonwealth of Philadelphia City Hall (Wikipedia) Pennsylvania to enact stronger gun laws, or allow municipalities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or others to pass their own gun laws. Last night, a 20-year-old man was shot and killed inside his Cobbs Creek home. It marked Philadelphia’s 32nd homicide already in 2020 – a 22-day-span. This represents an 82 percent increase in homicides in the city in the first three weeks of the year, compared with the same period last year. More than 100 youths under the age of 18 were shot last year – 14 fatally. “People in Philadelphia are tired and frustrated with gun violence happening every day in their neighborhoods,” Clarke said. “32... Read more →

Judge Sentences Former Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments Chairman to Prison for Theft

PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Dr. James E. Moylan, 57, a Philadelphia chiropractor and the former Chair of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments, was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, $52,898 restitution to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 98, and $77,885 restitution (plus penalties and interest) to the IRS by United States District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl for stealing civic funds and filing false federal income tax returns. The defendant was charged by Indictment in January 2019 with 17 counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false federal income tax returns. In October 2019, Moylan pleaded guilty to all charges, admitting that he defrauded both Local 98 and a related entity – 298, Inc., a non-profit organization – of more than $50,000 in funds which he claimed he would use for community... Read more →

Camden County Republicans Hope Pelosi Can Clear Up Questions Surrounding Barclay

HADDON HEIGHTS – Upon learning Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is coming to Camden County to help Congressman Donald Norcross kick off his re-election campaign next month Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino said, “It was nice of the Speaker to provide us with advance notice of her visit to Camden County. It gives us time to plan a warm welcome. I hope she likes it.” “It is my sincere hope that while Congresswoman Pelosi is here she can help us clear some things up,” Rich Ambrosino said. “For example, we’ve been dealing with the situation around former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay since the summer of 2018. Last September, I recalled that Congressman Norcross said, ‘This type of behavior is unacceptable under any circumstances,’ and asked that the Congressman join me in calling for the Camden County machine Democrats to stop protecting Arthur Barclay and explain how Barclay... Read more →

The Satanic Temple Asks White House Faith Advisor to Pay for Abortions

SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS (January 2020)-- The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic religious group representing Satanists around the world, sent a letter to Pastor Paula White, who is serving as one of President Trump’s religious advisors. White recently gained media attention, and social media amusement, when she publicly prayed for God to forcibly end “Satanic pregnancies.” files The Satanic Temple has taken her up on her prayers and asked the 53-year-old millionaire televangelist Pastor White to fund abortions for ten of its members. “It was a surprise to us that this conservative pastor is boldly in favor of God terminating pregnancies,” says Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves, “but we are glad to learn that she’s coming around on the science, which clearly shows that the only person with rights in this equation is the pregnant woman.” The Satanic Temple asserts that its mission “is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people,... Read more →

Illegal Alien Arrested for DUI Receives Cash Settlement from Sanctuary City graphic Laguna Beach, California--In the latest example of sanctuary madness, a U.S. city is awarding an illegal immigrant with a cash settlement because police detained him for federal authorities after being arrested for driving under the influence. The 29-year-old perpetrator, Edgar Torres Gutierrez, eventually pled guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving and his pro bono attorneys from a nearby public university sued the city for violating his Constitutional rights as well as a statewide sanctuary law. Under the agreement, Gutierrez will receive $18,750 from taxpayers in the California coastal municipality where he lives illegally. Local police officers will also be forced to watch a training video involving sanctuary measures for the next two years. Even for a famously liberal state this seems to be a bit much. The unbelievable incident occurred in Laguna Beach, a southern California town of about 23,000 residents. In the summer of 2018,... Read more →

Conceived Through ‘Fertility Fraud’

When Heather Woock was conceived, her mom sought the help of a fertility specialist. (Leah Klafczynski for NPR) Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media: January 28, 2020 When Heather Woock was in her late 20s, she started researching her family history. As part of the project, she spit into a tube and sent it to Ancestry, a consumer DNA testing service. Then, in 2017, she started getting messages about the results from people who said they could be half-siblings. “I immediately called my mom and said, ‘Mom, is it possible that I have random siblings out there somewhere?'” said Woock, of Indianapolis. She recalled her mom responded, “No, why? That’s ridiculous.” But the messages continued, and some of them mentioned an Indianapolis fertility practice that she knew her mom had consulted when she had trouble conceiving. Woock researched and finally learned the truth. Dr. Donald Cline, the fertility doctor her... Read more →

One Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Wins $216,368 Jackpot in Hudson County

TRENTON (Jan. 29, 2020) – One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $216,368 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Tuesday, Jan. 28, drawing. The winning numbers were: 04, 21, 24, 31 and 39 and the XTRA number was: 03. The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold. That ticket was sold at Ramirez & Son’s Service Station, 165 60th St., West New York in Hudson County. Acting Executive Director James Carey announced that there were 298,092 tickets purchased for the drawing. By adding XTRA, for an additional $1.00 per play, winners are able to multiply their non-jackpot prizes by the XTRA number drawn. For correctly matching four of the five numbers drawn, 44 ticketholders won $600 each and five others won $1,800 each with the addition of XTRA. Moreover, for correctly matching three of the five numbers drawn, 1,689 ticketholders won... Read more →

Hindus seek apology for College of New Jersey paper labelling Hinduism as “unforgiving”

Upset Hindus are urging for apology from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing for its student newspaper stating “Hinduism is an unforgiving religion”. It was highly inappropriate and insensitive for the newspaper of a “Top Public College” funded by tax dollars and student fees (many of whom were Hindu) to belittle Hinduism, world’s oldest and third largest religion with about 1.1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought; Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in Nevada today. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis to launch an enquiry into it; TCNJ Trustees Chair Susanne Svizeny and President Dr. Kathryn A. Foster to offer a formal apology to the Hindu community; and TCNJ to withdraw January 29 (Spring 2020 No. 1) print edition of “The Signal” from various campus locations and remove the objectionable feature article from its... Read more →

Washington Twp. Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

WOODBURY NJ (January 29, 2020)--Craig S. Gibson (DOB 06/02/1976) of Washington Township, NJ, was arrested on January 24, 2020 and charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography (3rd degree), Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore announced. In June, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Philadelphia Region Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force began an investigation into the sharing and distribution of child pornography on the Internet. This lengthy investigation led to the identification of Craig S. Gibson of Washington Township, NJ. Following the execution of a search warrant at his residence, electronic media was located that contained known child pornography items. This investigation also led to the identification of one child victim based on the material found on Gibson’s computer. The United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Gibson at his home on Friday, January 24, 2020. Gibson was transported to the Gloucester County... Read more →

Plastic Bag Ban Bill Up in Committee Thursday

TRENTON NJ--The plastic bag ban bill, S864 (Smith/Greenstein), will be up in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The bill prohibits the provision or sale of single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use paper carryout bags, and polystyrene foam food service products. It also limits the provision of single-use plastic straws and appropriates moneys from the Clean Communities Program Fund for public education. “Senator Smith is keeping his promise to help New Jersey ban plastics as soon as possible. When this bill failed to pass both houses at the end of the legislative session, Senator Smith said that this would be the first bill on his agenda and he is keeping that commitment. Without this legislation, plastics will continue to kill whales and get into our environment and into us. Microplastics have already been found near our drinking water supply, so we could literally be drinking plastic.... Read more →

Philadelphia Councilman Johnson Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Property Tax Relief to Residents

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 24, 2020) — Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District) reintroduced a bill yesterday during the new Philadelphia City Council term to provide property tax relief 220,000 homeowners citywide. City Council approved an identical bill by a 17-0 vote last year, as introduced by Johnson on behalf of City Council President Darrell Clarke (5th District). that would increase the city’s existing Homestead Exemption for homeowners by an additional $5,000, raising it from $45,000 to $50,000. President Clarke remains a co-sponsor of the new Homestead Exemption bill. “During this new Council term, I will continue the fight for property tax relief for all Philadelphians, including expansions of the Homestead Exemption and the Longtime Owner-Occupants Program (LOOP),” Johnson said. “Philadelphians need tax relief because spikes in property assessments have supersized tax bills in many neighborhoods. Yet, working families aren’t getting pay raises and most seniors are on fixed incomes. Too many homeowners... Read more →

House Leaders Unveil Major Plan to Curb the Climate Crisis 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2020) – House Democratic environmental leaders today unveiled legislation intended to comprehensively address climate change. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey and colleagues proposed the “Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act,” which would cut greenhouse gas pollution, boost energy efficiency, protect vulnerable communities and expand clean energy. Following is a statement from John Bowman, managing director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “We welcome Chairman Pallone and Energy & Commerce members’ work to advance discussions on solutions to the climate crisis. NRDC looks forward to digging into the details of the CLEAN Future Act discussion draft and working with the committee members to ensure that it rises to meet the growing dangers we face from climate change.” ### The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million... Read more →