A high ranking state official will be coming to Wildwood to speak about the dangers of underage drinking. Attorney General Paula Dow will be at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Thursday to talk about a number of state programs that are used to combat this problem. The “Cops in Shops” program will be among those highlighted. Both Atlantic County Prosecutor Theodore Housel and Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor will be in attendance as well. The press conference begins at 11.
The Lower Township Police Department announced on Sunday June 27 that a long serving police chaplain was retiring. A celebration of his ministry was held at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church on Seashore Road in Lower Township on June 27.
Pastor Howard was the coordinator for the police chaplains’ program, which consists of various religious leaders through out Lower Township. The programs main purpose is to provide spiritual support to members of the police department and the public at large.
Chief Donohue presented Pastor Howard with a plaque in appreciation for his years of service and ministry to the Lower Township Police Department and community. The members of the Lower Township Police Department wish Pastor Howard and his wife Linda a happy and long retirement.
The body of Daniel Favretto, 39, of Buena Vista Township, was recovered on Tuesday by the New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau and T.E.A.M.S. Unit divers. The discovery was made in Gibson Creek (Estell Manor City, Atlantic County) about one half mile south of Gibson Landing, which is where the boat was put into the water.
Troopers using boat-towed side-scan SONAR located his body at 9:15 a.m. today and directed the agency’s T.E.A.M.S. divers to the body. Mr. Favretto was recovered at 10:00 a.m. He was declared at the scene by a member of the medical examiner’s office.
Daniel Favretto fell off the family’s 15-foot Carolina Skiff on Monday morning around 11:00 a.m. He and his brother Carlo, 42, of Richland, were on the water to retrieve crab traps when Daniel, who was driving, fell overboard as the boat travelled across the water. Carlo was ejected onto the creek bank as the boat struck land, but he was not injured. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.
A bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew to increase government access and cost efficiency in New Jersey by requiring public reports and publications produced by the State be made available primarily on the Internet was unanimously approved by the Senate yesterday.
The bill would require that reports and publications produced by State Commissions, authorities and agencies, which are intended to be submitted to the Governor, the Legislature or the public would be made available on the Internet, as opposed to providing printed copies. Individuals without access to the Internet would still be permitted to request a printed copy. Under the bill, six paper copies of all State reports and publications would be made for archival purposes at the State Library, and the report originator would be required to make the State Librarian aware that a report is available on the Internet.
Senator Van Drew said he’s been pushing for a more common sense approach to the publication of State reports since he served in the Assembly.
The Sweep is hosted in cooperation with the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). Sheriff’s Officers from statewide Sheriffs’ Offices, with assistance from other agencies, canvassed the state in search of offenders over the course of the three-day Child Support Sweep. A total of 965 warrants were served and out of an outstanding $ 13,695,010.42 owed, approximately $ 267,883.31 was collected.
Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “Our Sheriff’s Officers attempted to serve 108 warrants over this three day period of time resulting in 23 arrests and the collection of $10,194.85 in back support payments. Additionally, three ATS warrants were served with total bail amounts of $2,926.00 and three ACS warrants were served with total bail amounts of $3,672.00.”
Avalon Police announced that theft charges have been filed against a Middle Township man for a bike theft that occurred in the community early Sunday morning.
Police arrested and charged 26 year old William White of Cape May Court House with theft after White allegedly took a bicycle as part of an undercover effort by police to reduce the number of bicycle thefts.
On Sunday at approximately 2:42am, Avalon Police Detective Joseph Gaughan and Patrolman Sean McNair witnessed a man who stole a bicycle that was intentionally left at 22nd Street and Dune Drive. Police witnessed Mr. White get on the bicycle and ride off. He was apprehended after the incident and charged with theft. Mr. White was released on his own recognizance.
The Avalon Police Department continues to crack down on bicycle thefts in the community. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the police department’s bicycle registration program which is free to the public.
Avalon Police have charged a New York woman with theft charges following an incident that took place at a local business during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 26th.
On Saturday, June 26th at approximately 1:40am, Avalon Special Officer Steven Bowers witnessed a woman taking an item from a local business. The woman left the business and headed to the 100 block of 20th Street with the property that belonged to the business in her possession. Special Officer Bowers questioned the subject, and arrested her on one charge of theft.
The suspect has been identified as 26 year old Kristina Marinelli who lives in Valhalla, New York. Ms. Marinelli was charged by police, and released on her own recognizance.
New Jersey officially has a new budget. Gov. Chris Christie signed the budget into law that was passed by the state legislature. The $29.4 billion budget contains a lot of cuts, but Christie claims the moves are necessary to get the state back on track financially. The Governor was not simply happy with the budget though. He called a special legislative session on Thursday where he hopes his property tax cap plan will be heard. He also asked the Assembly to continue to look at the bill that deals with the Council on Affordable Housing. The Senate passed a bill that Christie supports that would essentially end that department.
Mike Voll is running for committee in Middle Township, but believes he should be mayor again. Voll is up against current Mayor Susan Delanzo in the election. Voll says he can give the job a full-time commitment and has the experience of previously holding the position in the township. Voters elect committee members, but the committee elects a mayor.
A new report says that a Millville Police officer has been charged with domestic assault. The News of Cumberland County reports that Shawn Matos was charged with grabbing a woman, including around her throat. The report says that procedure is being followed by Matos getting suspended. An on-going internal investigation is continuing.