A new report says that a Cumberland County Corrections Officer allegedly attacked a man who was asleep with the officer’s wife inside of a Vineland home. The Daily Journal reports that Shane R. Demb has been charged in the incident, with aggravated assault, weapons possession, and other related charges. The victim in the assault was identified as Ed Keyes, of Pleasantville. The report suggests that it appeared that Keyes was beaten with a gun. It is also alleged that Demb said he should have killed Keyes during the arrest.
The state Senate approved Anne Patterson to the state’s Supreme Court. The full senate voted on the measure on Monday. She will take over the seat by Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto. The approval was unanimous, though a couple of voters were absent from the proceedings. Rivera-Soto is stepping down in the fall from his post.
Woodbine is again participating as a community in the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance’s (SJTSA) THINK SAFETY Campaign for the summer of 2011.
The SJTSA’s THINK SAFETY Campaign promotes bicycle, pedestrian and motorcycle safety throughout the counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem.
Participation as a THINK SAFETY COMMUNITY includes displaying roadside banners at high traffic areas, distributing the THINK SAFETY Brochure and related materials (as was done at our Chamber Family Festival), and promoting the THINK SAFETY Program (www.SJTSA.org).
“Woodbine being at the conjunction of a number of County highways which serve as alternate routes to the Shore, we are actively involved in various initiatives to increase our pedestrian, bicycle, motor vehicle, and also equestrian safety throughout the Borough. “noted Mayor William Pikolycky.
A major reform bill on public pension and health care was signed into law today. Gov. Chris Christie signed the legislation, calling it an important moment for the state. The new law will require public employees to pay more into their health care benefits and pensions. This issue was looked at as a key part of the governor’s tool kit and a major win for Christie.
Middle Township Police say an electrician suffered a burn while working on a piece of equipment at Shoprite on Monday evening. The unidentified man was said to be conscious and alert, but due to the severity of the burn, was flown to Crozer Chester Burn Center. The injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.
Portions of Seashore Rd. in Lower Township will have overnight closures this week. The State Department of Transportation announced that work will be taking place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday night will see a closure between Breakwater Road and Cresse Lane. Wednesday evening will feature a closure from Breakwater Road and Tabernacle Road. The work includes drainage improvements, as a part of the state’s on-going work on Route 9 to relieve congestion.
A 24 year old woman from Woodbine has been indicted on charges that she allegedly performed a sex act on an infant boy. Stephanie Bennett has been indicted on first-degree aggravated sexual assault charges and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities allege that Bennett made a cell phone video of herself performing a sexual act on an infant boy. Bennett was arrested back in January; she remains incarcerated at the Cape May County Jail on $300,000 cash bail.
A 26 year old man from Wildwood has been charged with 12 counts of theft after he allegedly stole beach bags from individuals on the beaches in Wildwood Crest. Crest Police announced the arrest of Thomas Edger of Wildwood who allegedly stole various beach bags from Crest beaches over a two week period. Edger gave police a false identification when he was questioned. Police believe Edger stole valuable items from the bags; similar charges are pending from the city of Wildwood.
WNET will be taking over the operations of New Jersey Network. The Atlantic City Press reports that the New York PBS station will assume operations of New Jersey Network on Friday. The New Jersey Senate failed to block the takeover of NJN, and the new network will be called NJTV. The network will continue to broadcast nightly news and live broadcasts of major Statehouse events. In five years, the agreement between WNET and the state will come up for renewal.
The Beach Theater in Cape May could still be saved from demolition. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the non-profit Beach Theater Foundation took part in three hours of testimony yesterday at the Atlantic City Civil Courts. Judge Valerie Armstrong will issue an opinion in two weeks on whether a lawsuit settlement between Frank Investments and the City of Cape May should be blocked, allowing the theater to be demolished.