A Middle Township teenager may be charged following a motor vehicle chase that ended Friday night in Woodbine. State Police say 18 year old Peter Rodgers after Rodgers failed to stop his vehicle during an attempted motor vehicle stop Friday night. Rodgers eventually crashed his car into a tree on Route 47. Rodgers and a juvenile were inside the vehicle and they had to be removed by a local fire company. Charges are pending by New Jersey State Police. Both Rodgers and the juvenile were taken to Cape Regional Medical Center for treatment.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Atlantic City on Tuesday to make a major announcement regarding the gaming and tourism industries in the resort. Christie is expected to make a major announcement regarding legislation that will create a tourism district, and separate legislation that puts the city’s tourism areas under state control. Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford has refuted some of the state’s plans.
A report in the Press of Atlantic City suggests that Cape May’s designation as a national landmark is in danger. The Press reported over the weekend that the National Park Service has put Cape May’s designation on a “watch list”, but local officials are not really sure why. The city was declared a national landmark back in May, 1976. The city was reportedly on a watch list before in 1996 when the Christian Admiral Hotel was torn down; the watch designation was lifted three years ago.
The Middle Township Police Department announced the arrest of a local man on charges following a motor vehicle stop on Friday. Here is a recap of the incident from the Middle Township Police:
On January 28, 2011, Ptl. Jack Trombetta of Middle Township patrol division, attempted to affect a motor vehicle stop on a green Ford van for speeding on SH47 in Goshen. The green Ford van did not stop for Ptl. Trombetta’s emergency lights and siren and continued to Meadows Edge Drive where it stopped in the driveway of #17. The driver, later identified as 50 year old Michael Massaro of 17 Meadows Edge Drive, exited the vehicle and ran into a garage. Ptl. Trombetta and other officers gave chase and arrested Massaro without further incident. Massaro was charged with Eluding police, Obstruction of justice, DWI and other traffic offenses. He was lodged in Cape May County Jail in lieu of $5,000. full bail.
Bridgeton police are looking for the person responsible for a shooting that took place in the community. Police say a 17-year-old was shot and taken to Cooper University Hospital. The suspect is still at-large. The condition of the victim has been released as critical, but stable.
A fire took place in Millville on Wednesday night at a vacant home. The incident took place on North 3rd St. No injuries took place. The second and third floors received damage from the smoke and flames. No word yet on the amount of damage the home received.
Council in Ocean City voted very loudly that they will not support BYOB in the resort. Some restaurant owners have been pushing for the change. Council voted 5-0 for a resolution against the practice. Some business owners feel that the change could bring some more business into Ocean City. The resort bans all purchase and consumption in public places. Supporters could overturn the city rules through a ballot question.
The “Walk to Washington” brought lawmakers and business owners to Washington D.C., via train, to network and discuss policy in 2011. Gov. Chris Christie was the keynote speaker and continued some of his key themes. Christie hit the themes of better control on state spending, reforming employee benefits, and fixing the state’s education system. Over 700 people went on the trip this year.
A pair of people were injured in a motor vehicle accident in Seaville overnight. The Cape May County Herald reports that two people were sent to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment. The report says a white BMW hit a utility pole on Route 9 in the area of Erica Lane. The identity of the victims and the severity of the injuries is unknown at this time.
Legislation sponsored by four Assembly Democrats to improve public transparency by making it easier for residents to review local government budgets on the Internet has been signed into law by the governor.
The law (A-2844) was sponsored by Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden), Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden), Nelson Albano and Matthew W. Milam (both D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland).
A 2007 law required local governments to post budgets on their websites, if they have one. The new law requires:
· The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to post on its website the budget of any municipality or county that does not maintain its own website.
· Municipalities and counties to post on their websites the last three adopted budgets.
· The DCA to provide on its website the last three adopted budget of any municipality or county that does not maintain its own website.
“With this law any taxpayer with access to the Internet can review these local budgets online at any time,” Milam said. “This will be a modern approach and a leap toward greater government transparency.”
“Making it easier to review public documents that help decide property taxes is a no-brainer,” Albano said. “We can do better, and with this law, we will make local budgets readily available to everyone.”