A meeting was held on Wednesday regarding the master plan for the proposed Tourism District in Atlantic City. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority hosted the meeting. A couple of hundred people came out to discuss the plans that need to be developed by Feb. This is apart of the state’s plan to push Atlantic City higher up the list for people as a destination spot.
An arrest was made in a double homicide case. Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office confirms that Patrick Latko was arrested in the murders of the son and mother, Ryan and Diana Patterson. Charges include murder and weapons offenses.
The President declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Jersey and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm on October 29, 2011.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm in the counties of Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
A legal fight of concert contracts is forcing the state to reveal its contract for shows at the IZOD Center. The Star-Ledger reports that a two year legal battle it has had with the state owned arena went in their favor on Wednesday. The state is going to have to hand over contracts via the OPRA law to show what terms were agreed upon for shows at the arena. State officials contended that making the contracts public would put them at a competitive disadvantage to other private arenas.
One New Jersey resident got very lucky with a big prize he won. The Publisher’s Clearing House came to the Garden State for its next winner. Orange resident Leroy Faulks Sr. took home the prize that includes $1 million upfront and $5,000 a week for the rest of his life. Reports say the man plans on buying a diamond ring for his wife and a camera for himself.
A new report says a Millville man was arrested after hitting another person in the head with an aluminum bat. The Daily Journal reports that Butch Keegan was charged with aggravated assault and possession of weapons for unlawful purposes. The incident took place at a home on the 100 block of Rieck Avenue. The alleged fight took place over an insult.
A police officer who lied to a judge has cost Vineland nearly 40 criminal cases. A statement was released on Tuesday by Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae saying that Gamaliel “Gami” Cruz had lied to a Superior Court judge to obtain a search warrant in a 2010 case. As a result, 39 other cases have been dismissed. Cruz will not face charges and it is up to the Vineland Police Department to keep or get rid of him.
The amount of people opening E-Z Pass accounts has increased significantly since cameras were placed at toll booths on the Garden State Parkway to deter toll cheats. State officials say they’ve seen an increase of over 3,000 people new accounts in the last month compared to last year. A $50 fee plus the missed toll must be paid by someone caught not paying a toll on the Parkway.
A new poll says that a controlled amount of marijuana should not be a criminal action. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll was released on Wednesday and said a majority wanted a small amount of marijuana possession should be decriminalized. Even more people thought penalties should be lighter. A high majority of state residents support using marijuana for medical purposes.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Cape May County! Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invite all residents and visitors to come to the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, December 10th for “Santa’s Family Workshop”. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Reptile House.
Bring your camera and take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus make a craft, learn fun facts at education stations and interact with animal ambassadors from the zoo.
The Cape May County Park and Zoo is located at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House (Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway). The Zoo is currently open from 10 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. daily, weather permitting