Monthly Archives: September 2010

LOWER POLICE INVESTIGATE STALKING INCIDENT

On September 23rd, at approximately 1:30 a.m. following an investigation into threats and stalking, Lower Township Police Officers arrested a 40 year old male resident of the ARC Program located at the Channel Apartments in North Cape May.

Officers received complaints from the ARC Staff members that the man identified as Doug Danley, had been repeatedly harassing and threatening staff members over the fact that they were allowed to enter his apartment to check on him.

In one incident, Danley verbally threatened a male counselor while holding a box cutter knife.

Officers arrested Danley at the apartment complex and charged him on a warrant with stalking and simple assault. He was then transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for an evaluation.

Following the evaluation, Danley was lodged in the Cape May County Jail on $15,000, cash bail set by Lower Township Municipal Court Judge, David DeWeese, with a no contact order. 

TROPICAL DEPRESSION SET TO MOVE UP COAST

A tropical depression is just south of Florida and ready to move on the eastern coast. Heavy rainfall is expected by Thursday. Depending upon the track of the storm, anywhere between one half to two inches of rain are being forecasted. Accuweather told Coastal Broadcasting it could become a tropical storm later today or tomorrow. Coastal Broadcasting will keep you updated on the storm’s track.

TAX REFORM BILLS MOVE THROUGH ASSEMBLY PANEL

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgA group of tax reform bills to attack unfunded state mandates that drive up property taxes were released Monday by an Assembly panel. The bills would:

- Allow more groups to file complaints against unfunded state mandates (A-3204).

- Give municipalities discretion in implementing Municipal Court security plans (A-3268) .

- Allow public record custodians to require a 50 percent or other deposit when a request for reproducing records exceeds $15, to help cover costs when requested documents aren’t retrieved (A-3270).

- Save municipalities money by revising master plan re-examination requirements (A-3272).

Currently, only individual municipalities can lodge challenges. The bill would allow the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Association of Counties, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the New Jersey Association of Fire Districts and groups representing police and fire chiefs and emergency services workers to file a complaint with the Council on Local Mandates concerning a potential unfunded mandate.

Another bill (A-3272) modifies the Municipal Land Use Law to provide that municipalities need to complete the reexamination of the municipal master plan only every ten years. The legislation would also provide a procedure for built-out municipalities to waive the general reexamination process.

THIRD GAMING SUMMIT SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY

Democratic lawmakers will convene Wednesday at Monmouth Park for the third meeting of the legislative gaming summit called by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver to examine the recommendations of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Gaming, Sports and Entertainment.

The hearing, to be held in the Turf Club of Monmouth Park Racetrack, will provide lawmakers with an opportunity to solicit input from stakeholders and the public on the issue of horse racing.

The meeting is the last of three fact-finding sessions which bring together lawmakers, industry leaders and policy experts to publicly examine the recommendations of the Governor’s advisory commission, which were released in July. The first forum was held last month in Atlantic City and dedicated to discussing the state’s gaming industry. The second forum, dedicated to horse racing, Xanadu and the Sports and Exposition Authority, was held Sept. 10 in the Meadowlands.

Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) are leading the discussions. In addition to the co-chairs, the Senate President and the Assembly Speaker, lawmakers participating in the talks include Senators Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen/Essex/Passaic) and Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland) and Assembly members Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), Matthew W. Milam (D-Cumberland/Atlantic/Cape May) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergen).

UPPER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION PITCHES NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Upper Township School District is looking for a new elementary school and is trying to get the town’s support behind it. A presentation was made at the Upper Township Committee meeting on Monday on why the town should support nearly $29 million in funding. The middle school and primary school would get some renovations as well in the process. The currently elementary school would be taken down following the completion of a new elementary school, and turned into a parking lot.

CAMDEN COUNTY MAN ENTERS PLEA TO CHILD LURING

A Camden County man entered a guilty plea on Monday to second-degree attempted sexual assault and second-degree attempted child luring and will be sentenced to five years in prison for making Internet contact with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.

Vipulkumar Patel, 34, of Lindenwold, had several conversations with the “girl” online between March 3, 2009 and March 17, 2009, about sexual acts he wanted to do with her. He spoke about meeting her in Hamilton Township where he would pick her up and take her back to his home to have sex. Instead of meeting a girl, he was met by members of the Prosecutor’s Computer Crimes Unit and arrested without incident. He was indicted on April 6, 2010, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Janet Gravitz. Superior Court Judge James E. Isman presided over the plea hearing this morning. A sentencing date has yet to be set.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

UPDATE: POLICE TRYING TO IDENTIFY VICTIM IN ATLANTIC CITY KILLING

AC murderAuthorities are seeking a suspect or suspects in connection with a shooting in Atlantic City last week that left a man dead. Atlantic City Police responded to the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Arctic Avenue at 10:30 p.m. last night to a 911 report of a man lying in the street. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim, whose identity is unknown at this time, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Emergency personnel transported the victim, described as a white male, appearing to be in his 20’s or 30’s, to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he was pronounced dead at 11:57 p.m. on Thursday, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Housel.

Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park performed an autopsy on the victim and determined he of a gunshot wound to the stomach.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone who believes they may know a person fitting the description who is missing is urged to contact law enforcement. The Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit is conducting the investigation along with the assistance of the Atlantic City Police Department.

NORTH WILDWOOD COUNCILMAN CALLS FOR REPEAL OF BENEFITS

Bob_MaschioNorth Wildwood City Councilman Bob Maschio is calling for the repeal of all health care benefits for elected officials in North Wildwood city government.  Maschio is proposing that council pass a resolution that rescinds the health care benefits when the new North Wildwood city council is sworn in to office on January 3, 2011; the city’s next election will be held on November 2nd.

“Voters in the city, and our region, have clearly sent the message that we need to do more, with less, and make very difficult decisions”, Maschio said.  “It’s time for me, and other members of the North Wildwood City Council to do right by city taxpayers and relinquish the health benefits that we have collectively enjoyed for many years.  I can assure you that in this difficult economic climate the taxpayers’ money to support health benefits for part-time elected officials needs to end before we address the 2011 North Wildwood municipal budget”.

Maschio calculated the total amount of health insurance premiums collected by six of the seven city council members who current accept health insurance.  The total:  $84,132.36.  That does not include the salaries, social security, Medicare, and pension payments that are also afforded to members of council by law.

“North Wildwood is the only community in Cape May County that has a mayor and seven council members”, Maschio said.  “With a property reassessment coming, a new state-imposed cap, and true needs in our community, it’s time for these benefits to end for myself and other elected members of North Wildwood city government.  When I am re-elected in November, I can assure you that I will be the first member of council to relinquish these benefits”.

Maschio is encouraging all council members and candidates to carefully examine the salary and benefits that are offered to elected officials in the city.  “At the same time families throughout the city and the United States are trying to get by with less, elected officials in North Wildwood are offered, and accept, lucrative salary and benefits”, Maschio said.  “Voters were heard in last year’s New Jersey gubernatorial election, and this year’s county republican freeholder primary—the way of doing things for years is no longer acceptable.  I hear that message loud and clear, and hope my fellow council members forfeit their full time benefits for a part time job so that tax dollars can be put to better use in North Wildwood”.

Maschio is an incumbent councilman in North Wildwood’s First Ward. He is the President of Coastal Broadcasting.

MENENDEZ TO CHAIR HEARING ON LOCKERBIE BOMBER RELEASE

Robert MenendezOn Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold its hearing on the circumstances surrounding the release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison more than one year ago. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will chair the hearing, which will feature testimony from U.S. government officials with knowledge of the diplomatic and legal issues surrounding al-Megrahi’s release. It will also feature experts in medical and North African politics, who can provide insight into medical evidence and the Libyan government. Menendez is also spearheading an investigation into al-Megrahi’s release, which will be completed in the coming weeks.

Al-Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds by Scottish authorities in August 2009 because he was said to have less than three months to live due to prostate cancer. It is now 13 months later and Mr. al-Megrahi is still alive. BP representatives were invited to testify to help clarify the company’s involvement in al-Megrahi’s release, but so far have declined several invitations and failed to offer a useful witness.