Reports Sunday suggest that the Philadelphia Eagles are going to slap the franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick, and attempt to trade backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. ESPN reports that the Eagles will put the tag on Vick, meaning he’ll be back with the Birds for another season. The network also says that the Eagles will shop around Kevin Kolb to teams who need a starting quarterback. Vick made it to the Pro Bowl this year, but his season ended with a playoff interception to Green Bay’s Tramon Williams in another one and done playoff appearance for Philadelphia.
A native of Wildwood Crest is the new head basketball coach with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Frank Vogel was named the new head coach of the Pacers during a Sunday afternoon press conference, replacing former Sixers coach Jim O’Brien. Vogel and O’Brien have spent much of their professional careers together, including stints with the University of Kentucky and the Philadelphia 76ers. Vogel attended school locally, and played basketball at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Vogel then transferred to Kentucky where he was a student manager and played on the Wildcats junior varsity squad. Vogel’s expertise early in his career was in video work before he became a full time assistant coach.
An Atlantic City man was sentenced to eight years in prison for drug offenses and obstruction, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
Michael Wimbish, 27, must serve four years in prison before parole eligibility, and 18 months to be served concurrently for the obstruction charge. An Atlantic County jury convicted Wimbish in October of possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and obstructing the administration of law, according to Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer.
On April 30, 2009 at 5 p.m. Atlantic City police responded to the Rite Aid located at 1723 Pacific Avenue for a report of a male possibly in possession of a handgun. Upon arrival, Officers Innocenzo Visceglia and Brian Hambrecht confronted the male who matched the description provided by store personnel. That man was later identified as Wimbish. During the course of the officers’ interaction with Wimbish the defendant ran a short distance. Wimbish was apprehended a short while later. No weapon was recovered, however police seized 40 bags of heroin from the defendant and he was taken into custody. In June of 2009 Wimbish was indicted for the crimes.
Prior to the arrest, Wimbish had prior convictions for distributing cocaine in a public housing zone and distribution of cocaine. During the sentencing today Assistant Prosecutor Flammer moved for a mandatory extended term due to the defendant’s prior history. Superior Court Judge Max Baker granted the motion.
“In the ongoing effort to keep illegal drugs off of the streets the legislature has provided strong sanctions for repeat drug offenders. In appropriate cases such as this one, it is important to know the state will seek extended terms of imprisonment to take these offenders off of the streets for as long as possible,” Assistant County Prosecutor Flammer said.
An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted a Hamilton Township man on third-degree charges including three counts of insurance fraud and two counts of theft, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.
On April 14, 2010, the defendant Charles Arsenault took a check in the amount of $9,600 which he was supposed to cash and deposit in the business account of his employer National Restoration which is located in Camden County. It is alleged that Arsenault cashed the check, which was for a Cape May County home repair, and kept the money for himself. The following day, the defendant told police that his vehicle was burglarized and several personal items, including the $9,600 cash, a GPS device, a laptop computer and a digital camera, were stolen. Based upon this information,
National Restoration filed a claim with their insurance carrier Selective Insurance. The Prosecutor’s Office subsequently received information from a representative regarding certain suspicions about the claim. In addition to spending the $9,600, Arsenault allegedly disposed of the items that he claimed were taken from his vehicle, according to Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer said.
Prosecutor’s Office Insurance Fraud Detective Ken Bachman conducted a four-month-long investigation, which revealed that the burglary never occurred. It is further alleged that Arsenault filed a false insurance claim with his automobile insurance company Geico and that he had his fiancé file a claim with her homeowner’s insurance company State Farm for the electronic equipment, Assistant Prosecutor Flammer said.
A crime of the third-degree carries a maximum of five years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
An Atlantic City man pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for shooting a man in the leg in 2009, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Isaiah Toulson, 26, will be sentenced on Feb. 25 to seven years in prison of which he must serve 85-percent or five years, 11 months and 12 days, according to Assistant Prosecutor Mario Formica.
On Jan. 5, 2009, Atlantic City Police officers responded to the 700 block of North Indiana Avenue following a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Officers found a man later identified as Lavar Hands suffering from a gunshot wound in the leg at the Indiana Avenue residence of his relative. Police Officer Frank Timek and his K-9 partner Vader arrived at the scene and were able to develop a track from the point of attack to an apartment on North Michigan Avenue. Inside the apartment Officers recovered clothing worn by Toulson. The next day Toulson was apprehended and found to be in possession of a handgun linking him to the shooting, Assistant Prosecutor Formica.
In addition to pleading guilty to the assault charge, Toulson also pleaded guilty to three unrelated indictments charging drug and weapon offenses for which he will be required to serve five years in prison which would run concurrent to prison term for shooting Hands, Assistant Prosecutor Formica said.
The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office once again showed savings, along with no incidents involving inmates. Gary Schaffer presented this message to the Cape May County Freeholders on Tuesday. The report showed a cut in overtime, salary and wages, an increase in fees for services rendered, and that no incidents took place regarding the movement of inmates. Schaffer credited his administration team for continuing to find ways to streamline and cut costs.
Ocean City Police say they have been receiving complaints of some phony 20 dollar bills being circulated throughout the resort. Police say banks in Ocean City have found the fake 20 dollar bills in various deposits made by merchants. Much of the phony money was circulated in the business district last week, ending on Friday, January 28th. Police say a suspect is purchasing small ticket items and often getting back real money in change after the small purchase. The suspect is described as a white male, standing under six feet tall, with a thin build, and his his late 20s with dark hair and glasses.
The National Weather Service continues to watch a big winter storm that will be very disruptive for millions of residents in the northeast. However, the early call is that Cape May County will experience a nor’easter type of storm with no heavy snow in the forecast. Clouds move into our region on Monday night, and the storm will be in our region through Wednesday. There is a chance of rain and snow Monday night and Tuesday, but the temperatures are expected to warm up Tuesday night and Wednesday, which means a rain event for our region. In areas north and northwest of Cape May County, significant snow can be expected.
The Upper Township Committee will begin the process of forming a new budget on Monday evening. The township committee will discuss the upcoming budget during a meeting Monday at 7:00pm, being held at Township Hall. This will be the first of two public meetings on the budget; the second meeting will be held on Valentine’s evening. Currently, Upper Township does not have a local purpose tax because it receives generous fees for hosting the B.L. England power generating station.
More testimony is expected in court Monday in a murder trial involving a North Wildwood man. Robert Davies is representing himself in court. Davies is charged with killing Lavern Paul Ritch in Margate back in 2007. Davies has admitting to the killing, but he says he did it in self defense. During his opening statement, Davies recounted exactly what happened that night and told the jury that he killed Ritch. Davies told the courtroom that he thought he was going to be murdered, and he acted in self defense.