Monthly Archives: April 2011

SHOOTING IN FAIRFIELD CLAIMS ONE LIFE

A man was killed when he was shot to death in Fairfield. The News of Cumberland County reports that David Sapp, of Bridgeton, was rushed to an area hospital but was pronounced dead. Police say the shooter is still at-large. One suspect has been arrested, but has not been charged in the actual shooting.

POLL: CONFIDENCE IN NEW JERSEY IS WANING

A new poll says that the state is at its lowest confidence point in the past 30 years. Monmouth University did the poll were two-thirds of the state believe New Jersey is a good place to live, but that number isn’t as high as it used to be. The polling director suggests that a lack of faith in the government over recent years is one of the main reasons.

FRIDAY SET AS NEW DATE FOR PRIVATIZATION VOTE

Toll collectors on the state’s two biggest roadway will find out their fate this week. A rescheduled vote will now take place on Friday, which could privatize toll collection on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Two extra days will provide time for a recommendation to be made to the board of commissioners from Turnpike Authority.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED IN PEDESTRIAN DEATH

A 47-year old man was charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a 13 year old girl. According to The Press of Atlantic City, Timothy Hettinger was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, after striking and killing Emily LaFerriere Sunday night, as she was walking on Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor Township. Police say Hettinger’s blood alcohol levels were well above the legal limit, and he was operating his vehicle in a reckless manner. Hettinger is being held in the Ocean County Jail on $200,000 bail. Emilee’s seventh grade schoolmates from Pinelands Regional Junior High School visited the site of the accident on Monday, placing stuffed animals and flowers at the roadside.

SOMERS POINT MAN CHARGED IN FATAL ACCIDENT

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel

A Somers Point man was charged in a January accident that left his passenger dead and a bystander seriously injured. Antonio Vargas was charged with aggravated manslaughter a, aggravated assault, driving on a suspended license, which is a third-degree crime. Vargas was alleged to be driving while intoxicated. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and hit a telephone pole. The vehicle ended up in the entranceway of Gregory’s Restaurant & Bar. Bail was set at $350,000. Another man was hospitalized as a result of the accident.

CHARGES FILED IN FATAL DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT

A man has been charged in a three-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a nine-year-old. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced that William Liepe was charged with aggravated assaultafter it was determined that Liepe was operating his motor vehicle while intoxicated. The accident took place on April 10 and a man and his 11-year-old son remain hospitalized. Ryan Schleyer was the boy that was pronounced dead at the scene. Bail was set at $350,000.

REV. AL SHARPTON MAKES APPEARANCE IN VINELAND

The Reverand Al Sharpton showed up in Vineland Tuesday to protest the closure of the Vineland Developmental Center.  Sharpton told the crowd gathered that it’s time to “fight the fight” and try to keep the center open.  A big rally was held in Vineland, organized by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.  Vineland Mayor Robert Romano and other elected officials from Cumberland County joined Sharpton at the rally.

CARL LEWIS CAN’T RUN FOR SENATE IN NEW JERSEY

220px-Save_The_World_Awards_2009_show06_-_Carl_LewisThis is one race that former Olympic star Carl Lewis can’t leave the starting block.  Lewis was informed on Tuesday that he cannot seek a state senate seat in South Jersey because he has not lived here long enough.  Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno ruled on Tuesday that Lewis fails to meet the state’s four year residency requirement.  Lewis is a democrat, Guadagno is a republican.  Guadagno says Lewis didn’t own a home in the state, didn’t live here, didn’t file taxes here, and was not registered to vote.

NO VOTE WEDNESDAY ON PRIVATIZING TOLL COLLECTION

There will be no decision made on Wednesday to privatize toll collection operations on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.  The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has scrapped plans to vote on the controversial proposal this week.  Four companies have made bids for the work.  A turnpike spokesman says more time is needed to evaluate the bids that were submitted.  Hundreds of toll takers fear they will lose their jobs if privatization occurs.

FORMER SENIOR CENTER GETS NEW LIFE IN OCEAN CITY

Cape May County logoA former county senior center building in Ocean City has a new tenant.  The county freeholders on Tuesday approved a measure that will allow the Ocean City American Legion post to use the former senior center in Ocean City.  The post has just over 200 members. Freeholder Gerald Thornton told Coastal Broadcasting that the agreement works well because it puts a tenant in an empty building and the American Legion will be paying the utilities. The county will also be allowed access to the building for special events.