A fire broke out in Millville on Monday afternoon just after noon. The incident took place at the corner of E and 4th Streets. Fire officials say they have not yet discovered what started the fire, but an investigation is continuing. The residence was abandoned and no injuries were reported in the incident. Fire crews from Vineland and Millville responded to the scene. It is unknown at this time of who owned the property.
The Cape May County Special Services School District is holding its 14th annual auction/dinner this Friday. The event will take place at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvers and complimentary beer and wine, with a gourmet dinner to follow. A silent and live auction will be held with live music during the night. Tickets are $65 and may be purchased by calling 609-463-6678 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Atlantic City man, who was the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident this summer in Absecon, was charged with vehicular homicide, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.
Friday, arrest warrants were issued for Sundeep Sekhon, a 34-year-old dentist, who is being charged with and arrested for second-degree vehicular homicide for the death of his passenger, Amarinder Sandhu, 31, of Roanoke, VA. Mr. Sekhon was previously issued traffic citations for reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, improper display of plates, careless driving, speeding and driving while intoxicated. Bail at $150,000 cash or bond.
New Jersey residents say they feel safe in Atlantic City, but not as safe as in Manhattan. A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll says Atlantic City ranks 2nd out of six cities ranked by state residents. The results says that 64 percent of those polled feel safe or somewhat safe in the resort; however, one in five people do not feel safe in Atlantic City. The cities that were used in this exercise were Manhattan, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, and Trenton.
The third suspect in a Woodbine man’s death has plead not guilty. Norman Gray has been charged with murder, kidnapping, among other related offenses in the death of Khalil Wallace. Wallace was last seen alive outside of a Dollar Store in Woodbine in late Sept. Boris Curwin and Andre Gross had bought been arrested previously and charged in Wallace’s death. Bail has been set on all three of them at $1 million.
A presidential debate is not coming to New Jersey next year. Stockton College put in its bid to host one of the Presidential debates, but their application was not selected. The closest site will be Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Stockton was among 12 finalists. Stockton had received a lot of support from local and state politicans, but the Commission on Presidential Debates chose four sites that had hosted a presidential debate before.
A big vote will be taking place next week and it won’t be for an elected office. On Nov. 8, voters will decide whether sports betting should be legalized in New Jersey. State law currently does not allow for it, including a federal ban against it in the state. Only four states are allowed under federal law to have sports book. State lawmakers hope that by passing the state law, they can force the issue in the courts to get a federal ban overturned. Polling numbers show that the vote is likely to be successful.
A new report says a high ranking lawmaker said he would consider merit pay for New Jersey schools, but only if the schools were the ones rewarded. Senate President Steve Sweeney told the AP that he doesn’t like Gov. Chris Christie’s plan that would give the benefit to the teachers. Sweeney says he doesn’t want to see politics play a role into who gets a bonus and who doesn’t. Christie has called for reforms in the education field, but Democrats have yet to budge on this issue.
Many in the state are going to have to wait to get their power back for a few days. Gov. Chris Christie said on Monday that by Thursday, 95 percent of the state will have its power back based on the estimates he has received. The nor’easter storm on Saturday brought heavy rain, winds, and rain to the state and over 500,000 were without power. A majority of the outages took place in North Jersey. Crews are working around the clock on the restoration of power.
A Cape May County corrections officer was announced as the best in the state. Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Officer Kourtney Perry was awarded Corrections Officer of the Year at the annual New Jersey Wardens Association Conference held in Atlantic County last week.
Corrections Officer Kourtney Perry was hired as a Corrections Officer on April 3, 2006 by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office. In November of 2010, Perry was assigned as the Internal Affairs Investigator for the Cape May County Correctional Center. Perry is responsible for all investigations within the institution and assists in background investigations for all new Corrections Officers.
In February of 2011, Corrections Officer Perry received national recognition as a result of her diligent investigation concerning the smuggling of Suboxone into the institution through coloring book pages. This far reaching investigation ultimately resulted in five arrests.