Monthly Archives: September 2010

LOWER TOWNSHIP COPS BUST MAN FOR BURGLARY

On Wednesday, September 29th at approximately 5:20 p.m. the Lower Township Police Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call from an off duty Cape May County Sheriff’s Department Officer, reporting a possible burglary in progress at a home in the 800 Block of Washington Boulevard in the township’s North Cape May Section.

Lower Township Patrol Officers immediately responded to the scene and spoke with the reporting party, Officer William Weatherby, Jr. who was able to give a detailed description of a suspect who he saw attempting to kick in the garage door of a vacant home.

The suspect described as a white male in his early 20’s, wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans with a crew cut, fled the area on a bicycle before police arrival.

When officers checked the residence they found that an air conditioner had been removed from a window and the window glass had then been broken in order to gain entry into the home.

Officers entered the home and observed fresh blood on the floor of the residence and noted that several rooms had been ransacked, causing significant damage to several items in the residence.

A short time later, Lower Township Detective Michael Majane, observed a subject in the parking lot of the Citgo Gas Station in North Cape May, matching the description of the burglary suspect.

Majane was backed up at the gas station by Patrol Officer Matthew Dickinson, who observed that the subject was bleeding from a laceration on his hand.

The subject identified as Leaming B. Johnston, age 25, of the 900 Block of Holmes Avenue in North Cape May, was subsequently arrested for Burglary and Criminal Mischief after being positively identified by Sheriff’s Department Officer Weatherby.

Johnston was processed at the Lower Township Police Department and lodged in the Cape May County Jail in default of bail.

The incident is under investigation by Patrol Officer Matthew Dickinson and Detective Michael Majane.

COUNTY TO CLOSE TOWNSEND’S INLET BRIDGE NEXT WEEK

The Ocean Drive (CR 619) Bridge over Townsends Inlet is scheduled to be closed to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 for a period of approximately three weeks (weather permitting).  The closing of the bridge is necessitated by construction to replace deteriorated bridge railings and to clean and paint the entire bridge railing system.

This project, part of the $4,303,440 Cape May County Bridge Painting Program, was approved by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on March 16, 2010 and is funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The work at the Bridge is being performed by Allied Painting, Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Since August, Allied Painting has been constructing a containment system under the Townsends Inlet Bridge.  The containment system prevents the existing paint system, cleaning materials and the new paint system materials from entering into the environment – particularly the air and water.  Cleaning and painting of the structural steel is expected to begin next month and be completed by early summer 2011.

The other bridge in the Cape May County Bridge Painting Program is the Ocean Drive (CR 619) over Grassy Sound.  Allied Painting is expected to complete the cleaning and painting of the steel surfaces by the end of this year.

RUTGERS STUDENT BELIEVED DEAD FROM SUICIDE FOLLOWING ONLINE BROADCAST OF SEX

A freshman at Rutgers University is presumed dead from suicide after a sexual encounter he had with another man was broadcast on the internet by his roommate. Tyler Clementi’s vehicle, cell phone, and computer were all found near the George Washington Bridge. Dharun Ravi, of Plainsboro, and Molly Wei, of Princeton, have been charged with two counts of invasion or privacy. Ravi was Clementi’s roommate and created the online broadcast without Clementi’s knowledge. Ravi was with Wei, his girlfriend, when he sent out a Twitter message about the online webcast.

LAWMAKERS DISCUSS EXEMPTION TO SAVE EMERGENCY WORKER JOBS

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgLegislation is being considered to allow municipalities to raise property taxes more than two percent. The proposal would create a temporary exemption that can only be used to pay public safety jobs. Police, fire, and other emergency workers are the only exemptions that could be used under this bill. This news comes as many municipalities are looking at major police and fire layoffs across the state, including Atlantic City. No word yet on whether Gov. Chris Christie would accept this temporary exemption.

TORNADO AND FLOOD WATCH POSTED FOR AREA

140px-US-NationalWeatherService-Logo_svgThe remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole have forecasters putting Cape May County under a tornado and flood watch. The tornado watch will expire at 1 p.m. today. The flood watch has been extended through Friday afternoon. A coastal flood advisory has also been posted for today for between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Rain will likely become more steady today as the day goes on. Predictions continue to have the storm at between one and two inches of rain. Heavy wind gusts could top out near 35 mph.

VEHICLE STRIKES AND INJURES THREE PEOPLE

250px-New_Jersey_State_PoliceThree pedestrians were injured by a vehicle in Woodbine on Wednesday night. State Police say the incident involved a woman and two juveniles on Route 550 near Washington Ave. Police say the woman was taken to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. The two juveniles were brought to the Cape Regional Medical Center. No charges have been filed in the accident. Police say the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“AMAZING RACE” AUDITIONS WERE HELD IN ATLANTIC CITY

AmazingracelogoLocals had their shot to audition for one of television’s most highly rated shows. “The Amazing Race” held open auditions in Atlantic City to try and find new teams for an upcoming season. The casting call was held at Resorts Casino. The show’s producers are not bound to pick anyone from this particular casting call, but that didn’t stop people from all over South Jersey from trying out for the show.

LAYOFFS TO TAKE PLACE IN ATLANTIC CITY

No deal could be reached and layoffs will take place in Atlantic City. City and union leaders had until Wednesday to strike a deal to stave off the layoffs. In total, 93 people are going to be let go by the city. A majority of the employees are going to be police and fireman, which account for 70 of the 93. Those layoffs will take effect today. The move is expected to save the city $1.3 million.

ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON VETO OVERRIDE AND ALLOWING SCHOOL BUS ADS

The Assembly on Thursday will vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of legislation to create jobs and boost the economy through a state homebuyer’s tax credit and consider legislation to reform property taxes, permit advertising on school buses to generate money for schools, boost small businesses and provide more tools to combat drug offenders.
The session is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The bill would establish a three-year, $100 million New Jersey Homebuyer Tax Credit Program under the New Jersey gross income tax for home purchases made within a year of the bill’s enactment. It passed 67-8 in the Assembly and 38-0 in the Senate.

The Assembly will also vote on legislation to allow ads on school buses to help schools boost revenue. The bill would allow school districts to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of school buses owned or leased by the school district.

SMALLER SCALE CASINO BILLS TO BE HEARD IN SENATE

The Senate is going to vote on legislation today that would allow for two smaller scale casinos to be built in Atlantic City. The boutique casinos would only have to have a minimum of 200 hotel rooms, compared to the 500 that is currently required. The Hard Rock has already expressed an interest in building in Atlantic City should this measure become law. This is one of many steps lawmakers hope will make Atlantic City more of a destination.