Monthly Archives: June 2011

MAN RULED ELIGIBLE TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER

A defendant was ruled competent to stand trial for an alleged murder. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Alberto Martinez was deemed to be ok in a Superior Court to stand trial for the alleged murder of Vincent DeSario. DeSario was beaten to death with a baseball bat. The fight allegedly started when Martinez thought DeSario was laughing at him. The next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

STATE BUDGET GETS LINE-ITEM VETO, BUT IS FINALLY PASSED

gov_christieGov. Chris Christie used a line-item veto to bring the budget proposal down to a level he is comfortable passing. Christie announced to the media on Thursday that the budget would be constitutionally balanced by the midnight deadline, and would come in at $29.7 billion and not $30.6 billion as prepared by the Democrats. Lawmakers can override any line item veto, but they need a two-thirds majority, which would require Republican support. Passing the budget avoided a government shutdown, as the fiscal year ended on Thursday.

LETTER COULD CLEAR UP ISSUE OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA

A letter was sent by the Obama administration to clarify where it stands with medical marijuana. Gov. Chris Christie said he wasn’t going to implement any type of program until he knew that the federal government would not come after any state employees. The Star-Ledger obtained a copy of the letter, which says as long as the program remains small and controlled, there will be no problem. Many supporters of the legislation was upset because the state has a law on the books supporting medical marijuana, but have yet to introduce how it will be distributed.

NJN BROADCASTS FINAL NEWS PROGRAM, WNET TO TAKE OVER

180px-NJN_LogoNJN News has signed off and WNET will take control of the station. Friday is the first full day of the new station. The new station will have 15 to 20 employees, and will rely on sharing video with other news outlets to cover all of the stories. In camparsion, the current NJN, has 130 employees. There is no guarantee that any of the current employees will be retained. Jim Hooker and Michael Aron signed off on Thursday in the final broadcast of NJN News.

INDICTMENT HANDED DOWN IN MANSLAUGHTER CASE

An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted an Atlantic City man on Wednesday on second-degree manslaughter and third-degree endangering of a victim in connection with the Feb. 15 death of a Florida man.

The indictment alleges that Tyvon Junne, 27, killed Charles Baker, 22, of Fort Meyers, during an altercation in which he punched and kicked the victim. The victim was found by Atlantic City Police Department Officers lying face down on the southeast corner of Hobart Avenue and Marmora Avenue in Atlantic City shortly after 10 p.m. on Feb. 15. Junne was arrested the following day, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Maher, who presented the case to the Grand Jury this afternoon.

Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park performed an autopsy and determined Baker died of cardiac arrest associated with multiple blunt force injuries.

If convicted of manslaughter, a crime of the second-degree, Junne could face up to 10 years in prison and $150,000 in fines. Third-degree endangering of a victim carries a maximum sentence of five years and $15,000 in fines.

STABBING BEING INVESTIGATED IN WILDWOOD

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An investigation is on-going into a stabbing in Wildwood. Early reports say the situation began at the Blue Heron Motel and ended up on the west side of Baker Ave. Wildwood Police and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office were on the scene. Police at the scene said the condition of the victim was not known at around 11:20 a.m. No word on a potential arrest yet. An investigation is on-going though.

AVALON TO SEE SAVINGS FROM BOND REFINANCING

Refinancing a bond in Avalon is going to save Avalon nearly $90,000 in upcoming years. Avalon was able to refinance the 2001 bond and save taxpayers’ money thanks in part to an exemplary AA+ bond rating that the Borough was recently awarded by Standard and Poor’s Rating Services, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. The change will save Avalon $87,000 over the next three budgetary years.

“Avalon’s conservative approaching to spending and our ‘pay as you go’ philosophy allowed us to enjoy these tremendous savings”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “Every community in the state of New Jersey continually searches for ways to save money and generate new income.  By refinancing old debt at lower interest rates, Avalon will save taxpayers significant money thanks to our careful approach to spending”.

WILDWOOD GOING “CLEAN AND LIEN”

An old program is being reinstated in Wildwood. The City Commissioners are supporting the Clean and Lien program, which is designed to encourage property owners to maintain the exteriors of their buildings and keep their lots clean, free of unsightly debris and overgrown foliage.  The ordinance was passed in 2007, but has not been widely enforced recently.

A team of inspectors and public works employees enforce the ordinance.  Inspectors visit a property, either as a result of a  complaint or their own observation.  If a property is found to be non-compliant, the owner is sent a Notice of Violation via certified mail, which gives the owner ten days to abate the problem.  If the owner does not comply, the City cleans up the property and the costs become a lien and form part of the next year’s taxes on the property.

STEEL PIER TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION

According to the Press of Atlantic City, Steel Pier in Atlantic City will be put up for auction by it’s owner, Trump Entertainment Group. The opening bid on the 113-year-old amusement pier is set at $2.5 million. The news came as a surprise to those in the casino industry, but not to the pier’s operator. The Press quoted Anthony Catanoso, who said his family’s agreement to operate amusements on Steel Pier runs through 2016 and will not be affected by the sale.