Monthly Archives: October 2011

WOMAN CONVICTED OF ROBBERY IN ATLANTIC COUNTY

An Atlantic County Petit Jury convicted a Philadelphia woman of robbery for her involvement in the robbery of an Atlantic City cab driver, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.

Ayanna Dunia, 25, was found guilty of second-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, after testimony in court established that Dunia along with Micah Cadogen, 25, also of Philadelphia, who previously pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in August, robbed Loi Tang, an Atlantic City cab driver.

On July 30, 2010, Dunia and Cadogen were passengers in Mr. Tang’s cab. Not only did the defendants not pay for Mr. Tang’s services, but Dunia also threatened the victim and directed Cadogen to exit the vehicle and steal money out of the victim’s shirt pocket. Both Dunia and Cadogen were subsequently arrested by the Atlantic City Police Department.

Dunia can receive a sentence of 5-10 years in State Prison, 85% of which must be served before she is eligible for parole. Sentencing is scheduled for January 2012.

LOWER POLICE HELP SIMULATE DRUNK DRIVING FOR STUDENTS

Lower Township Police assisted with Driver’s Education at Lower Cape May Regional High School. High School Resource Officer Michael Perry taught 10th grade students about the effects of alcohol and drugs and provided and over view of DWI laws. Fatal Vision Goggles helped simulate the effects of alcohol on depth perception and hand eye coordination. The lessons took place during this month and reported to be successful in the teaching.

HURRICANE IRENE RESULTS IN $200 MILLION IN FEDERAL AID

Federal assistance in New Jersey has topped $200 million from Hurricane Irene. FEMA officials made the announcement on Thursday. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and FEMA provided the following summary of assistance as of Oct. 26:

- 43,816 registrations have been approved for federal assistance, averaging more than 780 households per day since the disaster declaration on August 31.

- Nearly $134 million in Housing Assistance for housing-related needs and repairs.

- More than $11 million in Other Needs Assistance for other necessary expenses and serious needs (i.e. personal property, transportation, medical and dental expenses, eye glass replacement, funeral and burial expenses).

- More than $57 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to nearly 1,400 households and businesses. The average amount per household is nearly $37,000.

- More than $11,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been given to those whose work has been interrupted by the disaster.

AVALON POLICE ARREST SUSPECT ON SUMMERTIME OFFENSE

The Avalon Police Department announces the recent arrest of Patrick J. Hannigan, of New Milford, PA on charges of Aggravated Assault and Criminal Mischief for an incident which occurred on Saturday, May 28, 2011 in the Borough of Avalon.

This incident took place at the intersection of 21st and Ocean Drive during Memorial Day Weekend. Police allege Hannigan became involved in a verbal argument between an acquaintance and the occupants of a passing vehicle, striking the rear window which caused the glass to shatter.  Flying debris seriously injured a 19 year old passenger inside the car. The victim continues to have significant loss of vision and additional medical procedures as a result of this incident.

After a lengthy investigation, an arrest warrant was issued by the Hon. George Neidig of the Avalon Municipal Court. Hannigan, a 29 year old self-employed sports trainer, posted a $25,000.00 bond on October 19, 2011 Additional charges may be forthcoming for others involved in the incident. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Avalon Police Department at (609)967-3411.

MILLVILLE MAN NOW CHARGED IN WALLACE SLAYING

There has been a third arrest made in connection with the killing of a high school football star from Millville.  Authorities announced the arrest of 25 year old Norman Gray of Millville who is now also charged with the killing of 19 year old Khalil Wallace; Wallace’s body was found dead in a lake in Downe Township.  Gray has been charged with murder and other offenses; bail set at $1 million.

COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY FRIDAY; STORM SATURDAY?

The National Weather Service has posted another Coastal Flood Advisory for Friday morning, but the big problem is expected to be a nor’easter on Saturday.  A flood advisory is again in effect for the morning high tide on Friday at the shore.  However, local emergency management officials have already been briefed about a big storm that could be coming on Saturday.  Saturday is expected to see temperatures say cold in the 40s with very windy conditions along the shore and an 80 percent chance of rain.  There is the liklihood of moderate coastal flooding at the time of high tide on Saturday; the first high tide is during the late morning hours.

EXCURSION PARK PHASE TWO SET TO BEGIN

Some additional improvements are coming in the area of Excursion Park in Sea Isle City. This project involves streetscape improvements to the public corridor along JFK Boulevard from the Promenade to Landis Avenue and widening of the sidewalks along each side of this corridor by 3 feet.  On October 13, the City received seven bids for construction, with the low bid of $1,113,684.03 submitted by Fred M. Schiavone Construction.  This bid amount is under the engineer’s estimate for the project of $1,267,618, and within the amount funded by the City for the project; therefore, City Council will be presented with a resolution to award the contract for construction at the October 25th council meeting.  The schedule is for work to proceed in November and be completed by May of 2012.

COURT RULING UPHOLDS JUDGES NOT PAYING MORE FOR PENSION AND HEALTH BENEFITS

Another judge, another ruling against judges paying more for pension and health benefits. Gov. Chris Christie appealed the decision to a Superior Court but had his request shot down. Christie has called on a constitutional change to force judges to accept the pension and health benefit increase contribution, which all other state employees were subjected to. The earliest it could be voted on via a ballot question is in Nov. 2012.

SPARKS FLY DURING THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTER’S DEBATE

It was a very entertaining debate that featured some dramatic moments. 1st District Republicans and Democrats faced off on the League of Women Voter’s Debate, which aired live on 987 The Coast. Despite the questions, the debate’s main focus was the negative nature of the campaign. Some questions went unanswered as the candidates defended their views and went after aspects of their opponents. Clips from the debate can be heard throughout the newscasts on 987 The Coast and Fun 106.7 on Thursday.