Monthly Archives: February 2011

AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES AGAINST EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP MAN

Authorities charged an Egg Harbor Township man with aggravated manslaughter and several weapons offenses in connection with the death of an Egg Harbor Township man found inside an Atlantic Gardens mobile home park residence yesterday afternoon, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.

It is alleged that Harry Shuman, 47, of the mobile home park, fatally shot Ralph Tozer Jr., 27, of 503 Johns Drive in the trailer park. Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested him and he was transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $300,000 full cash bail.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday members of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department responded to the trailer park located at 6656 Black Horse Pike for a report from the night before of a missing male. Upon arrival, police discovered Tozer lying dead in a room in a 303 Johns Drive residence Tozer was pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsy results will be released later today, Prosecutor Housel said.

Aggravated manslaughter, a first-degree crime, carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and $200,000 in fines.

GAS PRICES STAY HIGH, UNREST IN MIDDLE EAST TO BLAME

A new gas price survey shows that gas prices in Cape May County were $3.10 heading into the weekend. The AAA Mid-Atlantic survey shows a seven cent spike in the past week. State prices rose a whole 10 cents in a week to average at $3.14. Prices are expected to continue to rise higher due to the unrest in the Middle East. Oil prices have been hovering around $100 per barrel.

VINELAND BEATS MIDDLE TWP. FOR CAL GIRLS TITLE

Vineland High School’s girls basketball team used a very strong fourth quarter to defeat Middle Township, 62-46 in the Cape Atlantic League girls basketball championship game on Saturday.  Vineland scored 21 points in the final quarter to wrap up the league title.  Vineland scored the first 12 points of the game, Middle Township clawed back, and Vineland put Middle away in the fourth quarter.  The game was broadcast live on WCZT Radio.

UPDATE: FIRE BREAKS OUT IN NORTH WILDWOOD

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A fire took place on 17th Ave. in North Wildwood on Friday. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour on Friday afternoon for the blaze. Multiple firefighters were on the scene to control the smoke and flames that damaged two homes. Authorities say no one was injured in the fire. The fire took place between New York and New Jersey aves. An investigation is on-going.

FIVE CENT OVERNIGHT JUMP IN GAS PRICES

State gas prices increase five cents in one day. AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge data shows that state at a $3.136 average in New Jersey. Prices have risen nearly 10 cents in the past week in the state. Oil prices are hanging around $100 per barrel, due to the unrest in areas like Libya. Expect a sharp increase in the pump price as the unrest continues.

REPORT: SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE IN OCEAN CITY

A new report says a man was arrested for trying to sexually assault a woman who was sleeping. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Francis Delcorio was charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint and burglary force. The woman awoke when Delcorio was in the residence and he attacked her and tried to sexually assault her. A surveillance tape helped the police catch him.

PLAN TO PROVIDE VETERAN’S CARE AT SHORE MEMORIAL IS TURNED DOWN

A plan to allow Shore Memorial Hospital to provide additional resources to South Jersey veterans has been nixed by the Federal Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The announcement came down on Thursday. Veterans must travel multiple hours to reach a hospital to provide them with many serious treatments. Shore Memorial was going to be able to take some of the burden off the need to travel for so many area veterans.

VAN DREW RELEASES STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL END TO UEZ ZONES

vandrewSenator Jeff Van Drew, (Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic) chair of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the report released today which recommended ending the Urban Enterprise Zone Program:

“The Urban Enterprise Zone program is a proven success story.

“Through reinvested tax dollars, entire communities have been revitalized, struggling downtowns restored, and business districts pulled back from the brink of disaster. I’ve seen first-hand the progress made in our most challenged municipalities as a result of the program.

“I’ve said time and again, if the program isn’t running as efficiently and effectively as it should, we ought to create additional safeguards and improved measures of accountability for towns and cities to live by. But pulling the rug out from under them, especially in this economic climate, will absolutely devastate dozens of already cash-strapped communities.”

VOTE MOVES FORWARD CHANGE TO MAYOR’S ADVISORY BOARD

Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck

Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck

The switch from a mayor’s advisory board to a citizen’s advisory board in Lower Township has begun. The Republicans pushed through the ordinance on Wednesday. The approval was on first reading. A second reading and public hearing must still take place. The plan is to change the board to a 10 member group with each elected official having two picks. Mayor Michael Beck has been the only member of council against the move, saying the change is political motivated.