Wildwood Police say that two men broke into a home on the 4500 block of Pacific Ave. A patrolman notice the two men acting suspiciously before they broke into the residence. Police were able to apprehend Mark Davis, of Wildwood; but they were unable to capture the second suspect. A handgun was recovered at the scene and it contained hallow tip bullets. Davis was charged with armed robbery, possession of a handgun without a permit, unlawful possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of hollow point bullets, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, and burglary. He was lodged in county jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bail. The second perpetrator is described as an African-American male who has a tattoo on his right forearm. Anyone with information can contact Wildwood police at (609) 522-0222.
A Wildwood Crest man was arrested for an assault that took place at an area bar on Friday night. Wildwood Police say that Matthew Farmer, of Wildwood Crest, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and leaving a person whom he had injured at a scene, knowing that the person was physically helpless. The report by police says that Farmer knocked 49-year-old Scott Long, of Wildwood Crest unconscious and then continued to punch him. Farmer was placed in the Cape May County Jail on $50,000 bail. Long suffered head, elbow, and leg injuries. He was treated at the Cape Regional Medical Center and has since been released.
A man was arrested for drug possession while Wildwood Police were investigating a report of criminal mischief. Police say that Jorge Aviles-Morales, of Wildwood, was stopped at Youngs and Pacific Ave. and found to be in possession of 58 baggies of crack cocaine. He was arrested on multiple drug charges and placed in the Cape May County Jail. Bail was set at $50,000.
The County of Cape is continuing to repair roads damaged during the winter storms of 2010. Currently, work is underway on Bayshore Road (County Road No. 607).
New drainage pipe is being installed in the Borough of West Cape May. Therefore, Bayshore Road will be closed to all through traffic from Fifth Avenue to Stimpson Lane in West Cape May from 7 a.m. on each Monday until 5 p.m. on Thursday. Bayshore Road will be open for all traffic during weekends. The work is expected to be completed in about three weeks.
The project consists of installing approximately 1,200 feet of new drain pipe to alleviate some of the flooding on Bayshore Road near Fifth Avenue. The flooding, which caused the closure of Bayshore Road for long periods of time this winter, occurred from excessive rainfall and high water table.
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded F.W. Shawl & Sons, Inc., of Marmora, a construction contract in the amount of $147,482.75 for the installation of the storm drain pipe. The project was designed by the Cape May County Engineer’s Office.
The Coast Guard and local authorities are searching for a 29-year-old man Monday who was ejected from a 16-foot boat in the mouth of Gibson’s Creek near Ocean City.
The Coast Guard received a call at 11:38 a.m. from a member of the Ocean City Police Department reporting a boating accident. Two men were in a boat and hit a mud patch causing one of them to be ejected into the water and the other landed in the mud. The man who landed in the mud saw the 29-year-old go underneath the water.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Great Egg, N.J., a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., a boat crew from Tow Boat U.S., and members of the local fire department are searching for the man.
Work will continue this week on Courthouse-South Dennisville road until Thursday. Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster says storm water runoff improvements will be taking place on the roadway during four long days of work. The work will be happening in the area of Village Drive. Ponding issues were accentuated by the heavy rainfall events that hit the shore in the winter. Storm water runoff work will continue this week and should be completed by next week. Foster said the contractor will not be working over the weekends, which will keep traffic open for the Fourth of July weekend.
A law is being discussed that would put the county’s in control of issuing taxicab licenses. Currently, a taxi company must register with every town it does business with. Wildwood Crest Borough Clerk Kevin Yecco said he believes that this change would benefit both taxi companies and the towns. He believes the registering process would be easier since each town wouldn’t have to verify the license. Plus, town’s wouldn’t have to worry about their ordinances as much. The municipalities on the Wildwood island have done a lot of work to make sure that each town has the same rates as the others, to make it easier for tourists and locals a like.
A heat warning has been issued for today with temperatures expected to as high as 97 and the heat index could reach 105. The warning has been issued from noon to 5 p.m. today. The warning says that a cold front will move into the area this evening which will push some of the heat out and make temperatures more reasonable. It is suggested that people drink lots of fluids and stay out of the sun today.
The state legislature will decide what to do with NJN during their session today. Gov. Chris Christie rolled out a proposal earlier this year to make the public broadcasting group a non-profit company that will no longer be under state control. A bill is bring looked at that would simply create a commission to look into all of the ramifications of transferring the agency out of state control. Some lawmakers felt there isn’t enough time to properly study the transfer themselves.